We’ve all experienced it, in small ways and overwhelmingly embarrassing ways. No matter what type it is, rejection makes routine hard to cope with. You start questioning old habits and the very values that make you… you. Here’s some tips for handling rejection, from someone else, a group you want to join, a school you want to attend, or even yourself.
1. Cry. Scream if you have to. It gets some pent-up energy out and maybe after it’s out, you’ll have more room for calmer thoughts. Don’t be afraid to show your emotions, even if you mess up your eyeliner and black runs down your cheeks.
2. Drink some water. It will clear your mind.
3. Asess: do you even have a shot at a second chance? If you do, use this fire to become an even better you so you can kick butt the next time you face your challenge. If it’s a person that has rejected you, honey, you’re better off without them.
4. Jot down your thoughts, if you’re still feeling some trapped emotions.
5. Call up a friend who understands your pain. They will be more likely to get where you’re coming from and share your pain.
6. Ask yourself: will this matter in 10 years? Will I remember this? I know I always want to answer yes just to prove a point, but remember that you have your whole life ahead of you, and rejection doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough, it just means it’s not the right time, and the Universe has something else in store for you that will be even better.