The concept of self-advocacy is founded on believing in yourself. In order to believe in yourself, one needs to know their own strengths and believe they are worthwhile. People with low self-esteem often struggle with being a self-advocate.

Improving one’s self-esteem can be a challenging task. Having a method or process that helps you improve the way you feel about yourself can be powerful. The American Addiction Centers Resource suggests people follow four overall methods: Assess, Appreciate, Support, and Improve.

Exercises to Raise Self-Esteem

Following specific exercises to improve self-esteem can be an effective start to advocating for yourself. These exercises come from the American Addiction Centers Resource.

  • Meet with a trusted friend and dedicate 10 minutes to complimenting each other
  • Read a book about building self-esteem
  • Write down everything good about yourself and read it back to yourself at night before bed
  • Do a good dead for your community

Steps to Being a Self-Advocate

Self-advocacy can be challenging. Some suggest that you follow steps to make the process easier and less overwhelming. The following ten steps come from They provide a basic plan and strategy to become an effective self-advocate.

  • Believe in Yourself
  • Know your Rights
  • Decide what you Want
  • Get all the Facts
  • Plan a Strategy
  • Gather Support
  • Target your Efforts
  • Express yourself Clearly
  • Assert yourself Calmly
  • Be Firm and Persistent

The video below can provide additional information on self-advocacy and when to speak up for yourself.

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