1. Remind yourself of who you really are – and use positive self-talk to change the way you feel.
2. When you have to speak to someone who outwardly rejects you, or makes you feel bad about yourself, try to act as if you love and feel good about yourself. Fake courageous feelings, and act self confident. (“Fake it till you make it” – and you’ll find your feelings change.)
3. Respond in a friendly, self respecting way – and they’re likely to treat you the same way too. Control your interactions by setting the tone. You be the one to have the upper hand.
4. Use humour in uncomfortable and awkward situations. Humour defuses tension, and puts people at ease. If someone is rude or insulting try to find a way of turning it into a joke. People who have bullying tendencies expect you to get anger or act in a defensive way. When you respond with humor, they don’t know what to do.
5. Overlook small stuff. It’s not worth get upset over every little thing. They’re not worth the effort and energy.
6. Always believe in yourself. You know the truth about who you really are. You’re not stupid; you’re not a victim. You are one who is charge of your life, and is at the helm of your destiny. You have plenty of things to feel good about, and you’re going to make something really wonderful of life.