“What’s the worst that could happen?” is a question many of us ask ourselves when we’re faced with making important decisions. But this line of thinking can be damaging to our mental health because it leads to assuming the worst outcome will come true and worrying about what other people think. Stop letting others’ opinions control you! Here are 10 ways to stop worrying about what other people think.
Understand that you can’t please everyone
If you want to be happy, stop trying to please everyone. You can’t make everyone happy anyway, so why stress yourself out? It’s impossible to completely avoid what others think of you. The more high-profile you become, the more people will want to criticize every aspect of your life. It’s impossible to keep up with all of these demands, so you’ll merely burn yourself out trying to do so. Focus on doing things that make you happy while understanding that not everyone will like you or approve of your choices. You can’t appease everyone, and that’s perfectly fine.
Stop letting small things bother you
It’s easy to get caught up in the heat of the moment and let things like an off-the-cuff remark by someone at work ruin your day. But you don’t have to give other people that much power over you or hold onto grievances for so long. If you don’t sweat the small stuff, it won’t be worth your time to worry about what other people think. Remember that everyone has an opinion, but not everyone will share it with you. So if someone doesn’t like the way you dress or they’re talking behind your back, who cares? You can’t please everybody all of the time. There are far more important things in life than worrying about how someone feels about something so insignificant.
Stop caring so much about what others think of you emotionally
It’s impossible not to take other people’s feelings into account when dealing with them on a personal level. But being sensitive emotionally can lead to feeling insecure and self-conscious about what others think of you. Instead of focusing on the emotional impact of others’ thoughts and feelings about you, focus on caring about them as much or little as they care about you.
Stop comparing yourself to other people
There will always be someone better than you at something at least once in your life. But nobody’s perfect, so spending time worrying about their accomplishments wastes your time and energy. You should be using this time to improve yourself instead of worrying about what other people are doing with their lives. It’s impossible not to compare yourself to other people, but don’t let it drive you crazy – just learn from those who are better than you and continue working hard toward your own goals.
Learn to enjoy your own company
When you spend too much time worrying about what others think of you, it’s easy to lose yourself and forget who you are as a person. Spend some time alone getting to know yourself without the influence of others – learn your tastes and opinions so that you’ll be more confident when speaking up or making decisions independently. You can’t please everyone, but with some introspection and confidence in yourself and your abilities, you’ll find it easier than ever before to stop worrying about what other people think.
Stop gossiping or venting about others’ opinions
Dragging down another person’s reputation won’t make yours any better; instead, encourage those around you by keeping things positive as much as possible. Besides, if someone is saying something negative about you, it’s probably because you are doing your job well. Be proud of yourself for the same reasons everyone else should be – for being who you are and not caring what others think.
Be confident in your abilities
It’s tough to do anything right when you don’t trust yourself or believe in what you can do for others. If you don’t respect yourself, other people won’t either, so work on loving who you are instead of worrying about whether someone else will think it’s good enough. The more time and energy you put into believing in yourself, the easier it will be to live up to that belief.
Don’t assume that other people are talking about you behind your back
One of the most important things to remember is that if someone doesn’t like the way you act, their opinion only matters if they’re telling everyone around them how bad it bothers them – otherwise, keep doing your thing and let them gossip. You don’t have time to worry about the opinions of every person you run into, especially when they’re useless.
Learn how to be comfortable with silence
When we’re worried about what others think of us, we tend to fill any dead air with conversation – sometimes pointless chatter just for the sake of filling space. But when we stop and think about what we’re saying, we realize that it isn’t necessary and not helpful to let others get to know us instead of just seeing how they want us to appear. Let your conversations be real and let the silence hang in between; most people won’t expect you to constantly fill it with nonsense words.
Don’t feel like you have anything to prove when meeting new people
Knowing who you are is the best way to feel confident in any social situation, so focus on yourself if you find yourself worrying about what others think of you for any reason. Even when someone may be judging your appearance or manners, cut them some slack and remember that they’re probably just as nervous as you are – the same goes for when they’re judging you or just flat out hate you. When in doubt, smile, be kind to everyone and look for ways to change your opinion of them.
Take a break from social media
Social media is the best way for people to express their opinions without actually speaking with you – even though it may seem like it’s your good side they’re offering up to the world, don’t forget that everything posted online can be seen by anyone at any time. Ask yourself whether you’d say what’s being said if that person could hear you, then tune out or delete anything that makes you feel hateful or bad about yourself. When in doubt, just take a step back and focus on what matters most – yourself and how far you’ve come without worrying about who might be looking down on you.
So there you have it! 10 ways to stop worrying about what other people think of you. Remember, worrying about what others think of you won’t change the way they feel – it will only make you feel worse. When you have a choice between being happy with yourself or being stressed out by everyone else around you, always choose yourself.