#57 Assertiveness and Self-Care

On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, as part of my trilogy for Self-Care September, I talk about assertiveness and setting boundaries. I outline how assertiveness can help you on your self-care journey, in terms of your mental, physical and social well-being, 

I decided to make an episode on this topic as setting boundaries often stops us from looking after ourselves. 

Listen to the podcast

In today’s show, I talk about:

  • How some cultures encourage us to put other people’s needs first rather than our own. [01:13]
  • What being assertive really means. [02:12]
  • Seven ways to be assertive that can help you with your self-care journey. [03:02]
  • About my online course, The Mentally Healthy Professional, and how it can help you with assertiveness and your self-care journey. [12:45]

Resources for Assertivness and Self-Care


  • It is difficult to make time for ourselves when we’re so stretched. 
  • Assertiveness is a way of communicating that expresses your needs, opinions and emotions, while also respecting others rights and needs too. 
  • It’s crucial to say that even if we are assertive in a situation, we may not always get what we want. However, we are less likely to walk away feeling frustrated, as we’ve communicated in the best way possible. 
  • The environments we work in can make it more challenging to be assertive.
  • Empathetic Assertion is all about understanding the other person’s feelings and vocalising that.

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Remember to tune in next week, where I’ll bring you more insights on mental health and inclusion.

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