The bill of human rights
When you don’t like yourself very much, like plenty of people with disordered eating don’t, it’s very easy to forget that we are all humans and we all have rights.
You might be someone who says ‘yes’ to everyone but leaves no time for yourself. Do you think your opinion isn’t as important as someone else’s? Do you consider yourself a failure if you make a mistake?
When I work with clients I read this list of human rights out loud to them and then ask them to take it home and stick it somewhere prominent where they will see the list every day. Research says that just repeating something over and over again makes it eventually sit in your mind and makes you believe it. So even writing ‘I am worth it’ on a post-it note and sticking it to your bathroom mirror will slowly make you believe you are worth it. Try it!
Here is the bill of human rights - which one resonates with you most?
The Bill of Human Rights
I have the right to be treated with respect as an intelligent, capable and equal human being.
I have the right to state my own needs and set my own priorities as a person independent of any roles that I may assume in my life.
I have the right to express my feelings.
I have the right to express my opinions and values.
I have the right to say ‘no’ or ‘yes’ for myself.
I have the right to make mistakes.
I have the right to change my mind.
I have the right to decline responsibility for other people’s problems.
I have the right to say ‘I don’t understand’ and ask for more information.
I have the right to ask for what I want.
I have the right to deal with others without being dependent on them for approval.
Adapted & taken from ‘Counselling for Eating Disorders’ by Sara Gilbert.
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