4 Essential Ways to Cope with Bullying on the Internet

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Although I’ve lived with mental illness my whole life, I am not a medical professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclaimer.

Being a blogger and having to be active on social media, I occasionally get hate. It’s unnecessary, and it can sometimes be very hurtful and detrimental to my mental health.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do about bullying, because people are always going to be free to say whatever they want about me. Still, I can focus on advocating against bullying and find coping strategies.

If you ever experience bullying on the internet, try coping with these 4 recommendations:

4 Ways to Cope with Cyberbullying

1. GO AHEAD AND BLOCK

At the first sign of bullying, I’ll block someone. You don’t need to give anyone a reason as to why you block them. Please don’t even respond to what they’re saying to you. It’s not worth it to give them the satisfaction.

And if you see anything that is upsetting, don’t be afraid to report that person either. Just think: You could also be helping someone else who is getting bullied by that same person.

I wasn’t always this way, but I learned it’s the best thing for me and my mental health. You don’t have to feel guilty about it. You always come first, remember that. Take care of yourself. You are your longest commitment.

2. IT’S THEM, NOT YOU

I know the first instinct when someone tells you something bad about yourself is to begin to think negative thoughts about yourself. You might even start to believe that what they’re saying is true.

Please try your hardest to not take it personally. People who have low self-esteem are more likely to bully others than people who are at peace with themselves. It says way more about them than it does you. The negative energy they inflict on you has nothing to do with you.

3. FOCUS ON SELF-CARE

For the next few hours, take time away from your thoughts. Put your phone away. Close your laptop. Avoid all social media, and just focus on yourself.

I recommend drinking some hot tea or soaking in a hot bubble bath. Watching my favorite movie or listening to my favorite music also usually does the trick.

If negative thoughts are still eating away at you, journal them down or talk them out. There is no point in harvesting that negative self-talk. You are worth so much more than these thoughts. Remember, they are just thoughts that someone else was projecting on you.

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4. SPREAD LOVE

Once you feel comfortable going back on the internet, focus your efforts on positive energy. When someone compliments you, acknowledge it, say thank you, and embrace it full-heartedly. When someone accomplishes something, congratulate them as well.

It takes so much more energy to say something mean and nasty than it is to say something nice. Spread kindness wherever and whenever you can. You never know how far it’ll go. It just might make someone’s day or save someone’s life.

#JustBeNice

Have you ever experienced bullying on the internet? How did you cope?

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