Assertive Not Angry

You don’t have to be angry to be assertive.

Resentment builds when we are angry and afraid to voice our true feelings. Then, when something triggers us, we might react in a way that isn’t commensurate with the event at hand. 

Anger has negative effects on our brain and body. It decreases serotonin (the happy hormone) increases blood pressure, cortisol (the stress hormone) and causes tension (dis-ease) in the body. It clouds our clarity and can hamper us from making good decisions.

Be assertive by sharing your honest feelings before they build up. Take a moment to gather your thoughts before you respond. Be clear on how you are feeling and why. Then, respond calmly.

This is not an easy practice, but it is VERY worthwhile and empowering. This week, start sharing your honest feelings in a kind and assertive way. You will feel lighter, less burdened and more content!

Melissa Garson