Thriving Thoughts Terminate Toxic Thoughts: Personal Bill of Rights
Creating your own Personal Bill of Rights will help you validate your own needs, opinions, and boundaries with other people effectively. This will help you stand up for yourself without violating the rights of other people. Considering the events happening around the world it is important to know that you are having valid experiences. It is also important to know our own personal rights so that we know how to advocate for ourselves in the midst of adversity. It’s just as important to know how to take good care of yourself when you feel as though your personal rights maybe violated. Everyone has personal rights so please choose to be respectful to each other. Also, be sure to explore a good self care plan and take good care of yourself especially during this challenging time.
1. I have the right to ask for what I want.
2. I have the right to say no to requests or demands I cannot meet.
3. I have the right to express all of my feelings, positive or negative.
4. I have the right to change my mind.
5. I have the right to make mistakes and not have to be perfect.
6. I have the right to follow my own values and standards.
7. I have the right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe, or it violates my values.
8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.
9. I have the right not to be responsible for others’ behaviors, actions, feelings, or problems.
10. I have the right to expect honesty from others.
11. I have the right to be angry at someone I love.
12. I have the right to be uniquely myself.
13. I have the right to feel scared and say, “I’m afraid.”
14. I have the right to say, “I don’t know.”
15. I have the right not to give excuses or reasons for my behavior.
16. I have the right to make decisions based on my feelings.
17. I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.
18. I have the right to be playful and frivolous.
19. I have the right to be healthier than those around me.
20. I have the right to be in a non-abusive environment.
21. I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.
22. I have the right to change and grow.
23. I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.
24. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
25. I have the right to be happy.
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Jessica Shumard, with Elevating Peaceful Purpose is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) practicing in the State of Missouri. As a trained master’s level mental health counselor she has 15 years experience working with individuals navigating depression, anxiety, grief, major life stressors, life transitions, work/life balance, caregiver stressors, boundaries, self-esteem, environmental stressors, and finding overall balance/wellness. Elevating Peaceful Purpose’s goal is to empower you to navigate through the mess of life. Together working to find your inner harmony, reduce stress, transform limiting beliefs, calm the mind, fuel the body and find balance within your spirit. Call (877) 785-7273 or email JShumardLPC@iTherapymail.com to set up a FREE 20-minute consultation. Visit Jessica Shumard’s profile page.