How We Respond Matters
Current life events can bring out the worst in others.
How we respond to people being rude has an impact on our emotional health and well-being.
1. Imagine Best Intent
Sometimes we jump to conclusions and imagine people have the worst of intentions.
Instead, examine whether this. person may mean well but had a poor delivery.
2. Confront it Directly
We can confront someone who is being rude by acknowledging that it's happening in the first place and asking them to stop.
3. Walk Away
Not taking the bait and instead walking away can be the most self-empowering thing we can do.
4. Avoid Them
If there's anyway to avoid or lessen our contact with the same rude people, this is an act of self-love.
5. Zoom Out
Instead of personalizing rude interactions, we can look at the forest from the trees to see that rude people exist and that it has much more to do about them than us.
Caring differently is sending compassion toward those that are rude to us — recognizing their internal pain — while also not letting their rudeness poison us.