Have you ever noticed how being turned down stops some people from trying again, while others bounce back from rejection stronger than before?
Everyone experiences some sort of rejection, but mentally strong people use that pain to grow stronger and become better.
If you were excluded from a social engagement, or you were passed up for a job promotion, rejection hurts.
The way you choose to respond to rejection, however, could determine the entire course of your future.
Below are ways in how to deal with rejection from a stronger perspective.
Acknowledging your emotions
Whether you’ve been stood up by a date or turned down for a promotion, rejection hurts.
Trying to minimize the pain by convincing yourself that it was “no big deal” will only prolong your pain.
The best way to deal with uncomfortable emotions is to face them head-on.
Rather than think, “You’re so stupid for thinking you could do that,” mentally strong people treat themselves with compassion. mentally strong people respond to negative self-talk with a kinder, more affirming message.
Drown out your harsh inner critic by repeating helpful mantras that will keep you mentally strong.
In the words of Ari Lennox “Self-love is the best love” which is especially true when learning how to heal.
Activities like exercising, going for a run, doing yoga or meditating are great ways to get back on track when faced with negative emotions.
If your not one to workout, try engaging in activities that fuel your creativity.
Spend time with loved ones
When you’re faced with a rejection of any type, one of the most important things is to remember that there’s more to life than the one rejection from that one person or thing.
To remind yourself that you haven’t been completely stomped on by the world, spend some quality time with friends and family, and make sure that you’re still feeling truly connected with other people around you.
It may be difficult to do so during COVID-19, but a phone call or video chat can work wonders.
Mentally strong people give themselves time to heal from a particularly painful rejection.
Once they’re ready, they look for more opportunities whether in their career or in relationships. They know that even if they’re rejected again, they have the strength to prosper.