We’ve all felt rejection or been rejected at one point in our lives. Either we didn’t get the job that we wanted or the person we loved didn’t love us back. It hurts. It stings. Picking up the pieces and moving on is more challenging than it sounds. And if we don’t move on, it can be quite dangerous for our spiritual and emotional health. If you’ve been rejected and are having a hard time finding peace, here are some tips that may help.
Pick Yourself Up and Dust Yourself Off
Most of us have a tendency to mope after a rejection. It’s a natural reaction. Comforting yourself with a pint of ice cream and a Netflix binge might feel nice in the moment, but in the long run, it’s not good for you mentally (or physically). Instead, pick yourself up and get out the house.
Plan a fun night out with your friends to take your mind off things. Or get some exercise. Go to a yoga class. Let out your frustration on a punching bag at the gym. The endorphins will improve your mood.
Typically we are our own harshest critics and that’s especially true after experiencing a rejection. If you are already prone to low self-esteem, a rejection (whether it’s a personal or professional) can make things so much worse. That’s why it’s important to be kind to yourself and build up your self-confidence.
Take a Saturday to really love and nourish yourself. Start your morning with a nice relaxing bath. Skip the ice cream and spend the day eating healthy foods that your body and mind need. Skip the junk TV and read an inspirational book. Spend time outside enjoy the fresh air. Then, once you’ve relaxed, get ready to try again – whether it’s a new date or another job application.
A rejection doesn’t have to be a negative thing. You can choose to see it as a positive thing, as a new prospect for self-growth. It will be difficult at first – changing your perspective and getting out of a rut is never easy. But it will be well worth it and you can push yourself into a better, more mindful lifestyle.
Don’t know where to start? Try something new – a new restaurant, a new hobby, a new exercise, etc. Learn a new skill that can give your resume a boost. Plan a trip and accomplish one of your travel resolutions. Complete something from your mindful bucket list.