It is simple to take someone else’s rudeness or poor treatment personally. However, taking things personally causes frequent, unneeded self-evaluation and emotional exhaustion and drains your energy. Reflectiveness is not the same as taking things personally all the time. One is valuable and conducive to personal development. The alternative is the other. When you don’t take things personally, you have greater control over how you react, your emotions, and your energy level. Here are some suggestions to stop taking things personally:
- Stop Worrying About What Other People Think.
It should not bother you what other people think of you or anything else. You should only be concerned with how you perceive yourself and what your closer one feels about you. A stranger’s view of you is entirely their concern and has nothing to do with you. You will feel more liberated and possess a stronger sense of self the sooner you stop caring what other people think.
- Know Your Worth.
When you are confident in who you are, you won’t believe what other people think or say about you. Everything else—your accomplishments, relationships, and capacity to persevere in adversity—is based on your self-worth and confidence. Therefore, the best effort you can make is to work toward self-worth and confidence. The benefits will become apparent in both your personal and professional life.
- Let Things Go.
Reframe difficult events as lessons on how to be stronger and better handle difficult circumstances. Avoid letting them make you upset or bitter; instead, use them to improve yourself and continue. You suffer more harm than others when you hold onto your pain. Instead, learn to let things go to create more space for happiness and joy.
- Fill Your Calendar.
It might be challenging to find time to consider other people and what they might be thinking if you are busy. However, your life should be filled with loved ones, friends, and fulfilling employment; set priorities accordingly. You probably won’t think about strangers and friends criticizing and casting judgment on you.
- Don’t Climb Down.
The worst response to someone treating you disrespectfully or cruelly is to respond with more venom. Avoid going down the rabbit hole and contributing to the issue. Although it might be enjoyable at the time, you’ll probably look back on it and regret it. Instead, choose the right path, and let it wash over you.