emotional wellbeing Mandy Kloppers

Stop apologising

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Instead of saying “I am sorry” try using these different phrases – they are far more empowering:


I am sorry I am always late – Thank you for waiting for me

I’m sorry for being so sensitive – Thank you for being accepting of me

I’m sorry I always make mistakes – Thank you for being patient when I mess up

I am sorry that you have to help me so much – Thank you for doing me a favour

I’m sorry for talking so much – Thank you for listening to me


When you apologise unnecessarily, you send yourself an unconscious message that you are somehow less important or inferior to those around you. Inadvertently, you send this message to others to This is just a way of thinking but it isn’t true. You are just as valuable and important as anyone else and don’t need to apologise for existing.

Mandy X

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Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.