Communication is key, but it’s tough to do when you don’t even know what you need or want. Even if you think you know what you need now, it may change in a few weeks. Here are a few techniques to explore the next time you want to be heard:
- Journaling. This doesn’t need to be complex – it could be as simple as just making a note of when someone says or does something that is hurtful or helpful.
- Speak up. No one can read minds (as much as we would like them too at times!) – with love and kindness, tell the people around you what your boundaries are. Tell them what is ok to say and do and what is not ok.
- Self-care. Listen, honor, and respect yourself.