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Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

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Breaking the Cycle: 10 Ways to Stop Being a People Pleaser

People-pleasing, the tendency to prioritize others’ needs and desires over our own, can be a pervasive and exhausting pattern that leaves us feeling drained and unfulfilled. While it’s natural to want to make others happy, constantly sacrificing our own well-being and authenticity to gain approval or avoid conflict can have detrimental effects on our mental and emotional health. Here we’ll look into the roots of people-pleasing behavior and explore practical strategies for how to stop being a people pleaser, while reclaiming our autonomy and self-worth in the process.

 10 Ways to Learn How to Stop Being a People Pleaser

    1. Understanding the People-Pleasing Phenomenon: Before we can address how to stop being a people pleaser, it’s essential to understand why we engage in this behavior. People-pleasing often stems from a deep-seated fear of rejection, abandonment, or conflict. We may have learned from a young age that our worth is tied to making others happy, leading us to prioritize their needs at the expense of our own.
    2. Recognizing the Signs of People-Pleasing: To break free from the cycle of people-pleasing, it’s crucial to recognize the signs and patterns that indicate we’re engaging in this behavior. These may include saying yes when we want to say no, avoiding expressing our true thoughts and feelings to avoid confrontation, and constantly seeking validation and approval from others.
    3. Cultivating Self-Awareness: Self-awareness is the first step toward change. Take time to reflect on your own behavior and motivations. Ask yourself why you feel the need to constantly please others and what fears or insecurities may be driving this behavior. Journaling, therapy, or self-reflection exercises can help deepen your understanding of yourself and your patterns.
    4. Setting Boundaries: One of the most powerful tools for overcoming people-pleasing is learning to set and enforce healthy boundaries. Boundaries define what is acceptable and what is not in our interactions with others, allowing us to protect our time, energy, and emotional well-being. Practice saying no when you need to, and communicate your boundaries assertively but respectfully.
    5. Learning to Prioritize Self-Care: Self-care is not selfish; it’s essential for maintaining our physical, mental, and emotional health. Make self-care a priority in your life by carving out time for activities that nourish and replenish you, whether it’s exercise, meditation, spending time with loved ones, or indulging in hobbies you enjoy. Remember that taking care of yourself allows you to show up more fully for others.
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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.