How to Be Yourself in a World of Critics

Pressure Being Yourself in a World of Critics

“When dealing with critics always remember this: Critics judge things based on what is outside of their content of understanding.”
― Shannon L. Alder

Most of us know the disheartening effects of critics when it comes to tearing our life to shreds and trying to tell us how to live our life. Sometimes it’s about your career, who you’re dating, why you are not dating, where you live, what you kind of car you drive, how you dress, the color of your hair, if you have tattoos, etc. The list goes on. It’s hard when you are surrounded by people who belittle you or try to direct you away from what is truly making you happy and doing what you are passionate about.

My heart breaks for people who feel pushed around and bullied by others who try and dictate the way others live their lives,  simply because they can’t understand them. It’s something I feel we all experience from time to time, but some of us have experienced it deeply throughout our entire lives. Nothing is more controlling and compulsively disgusting to me than people who judge others just because they do not agree with what the other person may say or do.

It is okay for people to think and live differently.

This is how we learn from one another, free of judgment and hostility.

How does one navigate through the constant negativity, wicked jealousy, and ignorance of a world beyond their knowledge or understanding? Well, here are 5 tips on being yourself in a world full of critics.

  1. Be real with how you feel in each and every situation with total awareness.

  2. When you find it hard to relax around certain people, create some healthy distance to protect yourself.

  3. Get in touch with your inner child and allow yourself to be happy in the present moment.

  4. Follow your instinct and listen to those little internal nudges encouraging you to go in the direction towards your core passion.

  5. Have a self-care routine you do each day that relaxes and heals your body, mind, and spirit so you can feel more at ease and connected to oneself.


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