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How to Stop Taking Things Personally

Understand other people’s rudeness are just a reflection of their own insecurities. It has nothing to do with you. So, don’t get yourself caught up in their negative space.

Think about other’s behavior and comments and try to take a different perspective. If a person doesn’t say hello, could they have not seen you? Or could they be shy?

Take criticism in a light-hearted manner even if you disagree. Ask yourself, could this person be right? Do a little honest self-reflection and evaluate possible truths about yourself.

Understand we are all different and therefore will have diversified values, opinions, norms, and beliefs. Learn from one another and see the world through the eyes of someone else.

Know that you can’t please everyone and that’s it’s ok to say “NO” or “Not now”. Putting yourself first shouldn’t make you feel guilty. Make it a priority!

Your past mistakes don’t define you so stop letting others put you in a box. You made certain decisions and/or choices in the past and you learned from them. Move forward with a smile.

Know your worth and stand firm on it. Stop letting others create it for you.

Ranika Martin, MSW, LGSW CBT+

Constantly rejoicing in hope, steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer

Romans 12:12

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