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Rejection:

rɪˈdʒɛkʃ(ə)n/

noun

  1. the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc.

Dealing with rejection can be a painful experience. You are faced with the reality that not everything will go according to your plans. Rejection can cause emotional pain, as well as damage to your mood and self-esteem. We will always be subjected to rejection and that is why we need to cope with it. We give it the power to control our lives, if we permit it to have an effect on us.

Here are 5 ways to overcome rejection:


  1. Acceptance starts from within.

It is imperative to practice self-acceptance. When you are satisfied or happy with yourself, you have a better chance of coping with rejection.  According to Shepard (1979), self-acceptance is good for your mental health and it involves self-understanding, a realistic, albeit subjective, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses.

  1. If it doesn’t benefit you, let it go.

Sometimes we need to be told no, so we can evaluate if we are on the right track. If you don’t grow from where you currently are from being rejected then you should not let it ruin your day or stop you from progressing.

  1. You are worth more than what others think of you.

Social rejection hurts. People do not like feeling excluded and this can have a negative effect on them, that is why you must never let the opinion of others define you.

  1. You are not alone.

Everyone on this earth, at some point has experienced rejection so do not take it personally. In fact, learn from it and use it to your advantage.

  1. You will be okay.

Once you overcome the initial trauma of rejection, you can face almost anything hurled your way.


It is not easy to deal with rejection, because we are only human and we don’t like to feel uncomfortable, but we need to learn to be more uncomfortable.

Accept it with open arms and it will become easier the next time you are faced with the prospect of rejection.

Kate Bauleth

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Francineth Kate Bauleth

Hello there, my name is Francineth Bauleth. I am 18 years old and I would like to see myself as an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I enjoy reading and writing. Writing makes me feel at home and that is why I love writing for Afterbreak Magazine. Being a contributor for this magazine has always been my dream and I can say dreams truly do come true.

One Reply to “A Hard Pill To Swallow”

  1. A beautiful piece Kate.
    Cheers to you for your awesome contribution to a topic we could all use a little help dealing with!😂

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