Assertiveness is a Form of Nourishment

I posted a little snippet about Assertiveness a couple of days ago, but here is more elaboration on the topic.

According to the American Psychological Association dictionary, “assertiveness is described as an adaptive style of communication in individuals expressing their feelings and needs directly while maintaining respect for others.”

From my experience, assertiveness is sometimes confused with aggression, but it is the opposite. The act of being aggressive can come from anger while assertiveness comes from inner strength.

A person will need assertiveness in all aspects of life, especially concerning people who lack boundaries.

To stop those who feel that their boundaries are not respected must learn assertiveness.

Now we are not victim-blaming: those over the age of childhood/adolescence as adults need to take full responsibility for their livelihood.

How can one learn to be assertive?

A few tips are:

Learning how to say “No”, learning Self-Defense and learning how to set boundaries.

When someone continues to cross your boundaries in a way that can physically and mentally harm it shows their lack of care. 

Learning how to be assertive can establish self-worth and care for oneself!

Like anything, it will take practice, but you can do it.

-Heather Em

Source(s):

APA Dictionary of Psychology (Internet). American Psychological Association. American Psychological Association; 2020 (cited 2021Oct18). Available from: https://dictionary.apa.org/assertiveness

The Importance of B12 Vitamin(s)

B12 is essential for the healthy functioning of the nervous system and overall health.

Unfortunately, over half of the United States population is borderline to completely B12 deficient! 

The lack of this vital B vitamin can cause devastating effects: one being neuropsychiatric disorders (ex: anxiety, depression, migraine headaches, etc.). Several signs of B12 deficiency include anemia, fatigue, memory loss, shortness of breath.

The recommended dosage for adults is 2.4 micrograms; however, B12 vitamins are water-soluble, meaning that the body doesn’t store the vitamin, and it is safe to take in high doses.

Vegans and vegetarians may need to use B12 supplements to receive their daily recommended amounts since B12 is only available in animal products.

Also, specific populations, those with alcoholism, the elderly, and individuals with malabsorption disorders (ex: celiac disease), can be more deficient in vitamin B12.

Along with signs and symptoms, getting bloodwork examined by a trusted health and wellness professional to check B12 levels is the only way to know if one is sufficient or deficient in vitamin B12.

Sources(s):

Allen LH, Miller JW, de Groot L, Rosenberg IH, Smith AD, Refsum H, Raiten DJ. Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND): Vitamin B-12 Review. J Nutr. 2018 Dec 1;148(suppl_4):1995S-2027S. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy201. PMID: 30500928; PMCID: PMC6297555.