How you interact with others can be a source of major stress. By developing assertive communication skills, you can often reduce your stress by express your feelings and asserting your rights while respecting the feelings and rights of others.
Assertive people communicate
- honestly . . . about their thoughts, feelings, opinions and needs.
The assertive style of communication decreases misunderstandings, resulting in fewer conflicts with others. Assertive communicators get their needs met (stressing less over unmet needs), and help others get their needs met, too. Having stronger, more supportive relationships virtually guarantees that, in a bind, they have people they can count on, which also helps with stress management, and can even lead to a healthier body.
- "Five Compelling Reasons to Become More Assertive" from positivityblog.com
- "Reduce Stress with Increased Assertiveness" from About.com
- "Learning to Be Assertive" from the UT Austin counseling center
- "The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook," Davis, Eshelman & McKay (available at the Gannett Pharmacy)