Are you feeling just a bit less anxious and less stressed after reading the first two parts of the Personal Bill of Rights? I sure hope so! If you missed Part 1 and/or Part 2, just click on them to catch up. I sincerely hope that this series is meaningful and helpful to all of you. Have you found your favorites among the list — the ones that really speak to you because of your life experiences?

The more I talk with the various people I come in contact with, the more I realize how widespread anxiety and stress really are, whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a retired senior, or a busy professional. We all need to be aware of these personal rights and integrate them into the way we view ourselves and our world. As I mentioned in my last entry, we also need to teach our very youngest children, on up through the teenage years, about the innate rights that they have as human beings. There would be such a change in our personal well-being if these had been ingrained in us while growing up. Instead of having to learn them and then weave them into our being, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they were just part of our belief system from “day one!”

Here’s Part 3 of the list:

Personal Bill of Rights

  • I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.
  • I have the right to be playful and frivolous.
  • I have the right to be healthier than those around me.
  • I have the right to be in a nonabusive environment.
  • I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.
  • I have the right to change and grow.
  • I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.
  • I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • I have the right to be happy.

There are so many really great ones in this list that I’m sure it will be hard to pick two favorites to start working on. As a psychotherapist, the one that stands out the most to me, is: I have the right to change and grow. That right gives each of us so much freedom to create a healthier, happier, more peaceful life! We aren’t meant to be stagnant. We’re meant to continually be learning and developing into all that we can be! Stay tuned — we’re becoming…!!
Until next time,
Linda

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