11) Give Yourself Credit
It takes a lot to deal with a difficult person, especially if those encounters are on a continuing basis. If you’ve handled the situations well, or as best as you could, considering how hard it was, give yourself a little pat on the back. You deserve some credit and self-recognition for successfully dealing with an unwarranted, tense, or abusive occurrence. You should also take some mental notes, or jot some thoughts down about what was successfully dealt with in the situation. This way you can remind yourself what to do should another such situation occur. Also, keep in mind you are nobody’s punching bag. If you’re in a repeated situation in a relationship with someone, it may be time to reevaluate what’s going on, and decide if you should just plain remove yourself from the constant tension and abuse. Be sure to always keep your own self-respect intact.
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