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Befriend Your Rejection

Sometimes people criticize or exclude us and we start to feel rejected. No matter what happens in your relationships, you can use the feeling of rejection to learn to accept yourself. Just scroll down to start your training.

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First, roll your eyes as big as you can... and then get your whole body to do it too. (Really, try it!)


Next, go like this:


 Next, pinch your eyebrows (both sides) 7 times.


 Next, give yourself a BIG HUG and twist to both sides.


 And then to finish, take 5 calming breaths to shrink your rejection.

(Turn on the sound and press play.)


 And to finish, put your hands on your heart and say this: ”I will be okay and can learn from this.”




Now, ask yourself, “Was I actually rejected or does it just feel like I was?” If it just feels this way, maybe you can talk to the other person to get more information. If it doesn’t feel safe to do that, or the other person has made a clear boundary for you to stay away, take the time to rebuild your self-esteem by practicing being your own best friend: Take yourself on a walk; Make yourself a snack; Read yourself a book; Draw; Just enjoy your own company. 


When you can wiggle your rejection into self discovery and play (while respecting someone else's boundaries), you will feel much better about yourself and will have achieved a new level of self-acceptance.


Whenever you feel abandoned or rejected, the most important thing is not to abandon yourself too.


Give yourself the love you deserve and had been expecting from the other person. 


Even though this emotion is really hard to experience, find creative ways to become your own best friend. Once you do, this 'friend' will never abandon or reject you.

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