Criticism is an inevitable part of life and everyone has something they are sensitive about. If you can face fair negative feedback without overreacting, you will escape feeling hurt and shamed. Always feeling like you are being attacked is emotionally draining. To calmly continue with your day and not drown in misery, you need to learn how not to take things personally. It will help give you more control over how you respond, your emotions and your energy levels. Here are some strategies.
1- Know Your Inherent Self-Worth
Take time to really know yourself. Make a list of your positive traits and call them to mind when you feel yourself getting sensitive.
2- Know Your Emotional Triggers
Perhaps a parent was overly critical and you tried to please them, for example. Someone like them pointing out a mistake could make you feel more sensitive.
3- Consider the Source
Does the critique come from a person you respect? Do they know you? These questions can help you decide whether to take it seriously or with a grain of salt.
If you are always transparent and you always act out of good intentions, you have evidence that the over-critical people are wrong.
You may think that you picked up on some criticism when the reality is that the person wasn’t talking about you at all.
You should care about what you and the people who know and love you think of you. Strangers and acquaintances volunteering opinions have nothing to do with you.
If you dwell endlessly, you may have too much time on your hands. Next time you ruminate about feeling belittled, find something more productive to do.
Don’t react to their words. Think about where they might be coming from. It will help you to see the situation from a different perspective.
9- Shift Focus
Find a way to help others. It will make you feel better and get you out of the self-absorbed mode that makes you think everybody is watching you.
It may feel like an overambitious goal, right now. But, if you can work towards seeing things with greater clarity, you will learn how to respond rather than react.
This post was written by Lani Gouws on behalf of The Bridge Therapy Center. If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Lani here: firstname.lastname@example.org