Sometimes I fantasize about having a magic wand that I can whip out of my pocket and wave in the air whenever something unpleasant happens to me. I’m particularly sensitive to criticism and judgement, and while I know better than to take these things personally, I can’t help but hang onto the negativity. That’s why a magic wand would be so great. It would solve all of my problems and let me go on with my life.
It’s frustrating to get worked up over something and be powerless to let it go, isn’t it? We ruminate and stress over things that we know aren’t worth ruminating and stressing over, and then we become disheartened and distracted. And since we’ll never have a magic wand to snap away our fears and anxieties, we have no choice but to learn to handle our frustrations and challenges on our own.
Here are six things that I’ve found to be helpful on my quest to not take things so personally all the time.