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Being assertive doesn’t mean being angry at people. It means you are clear with people and telling them what you do and do not want.

These tips will help you.

Try to express your feelings if you have been upset – wait until you feel calm and explain clearly how you feel.

Say "no" to things you don’t think are okay.

Tell people if you need more time or support with things that you find challenging.

Assertiveness can be a difficult skill to learn and you may need to practice by talking in front of a mirror or with a friend.

Find out how to cope with difficult situations.