A while back I was experiencing some anxiety about being injected into a situation that made me very uncomfortable. While discussing what I should do about it with a good friend, she told me the best advice I ever received. I have shared this advice over and over again with friends in the same predicament and also here on the blog. It’s such great advice, I think it bears repeating.
When you find yourself in front of someone interested in a confrontation that you are either not ready for, or simply never want to participate in, just look at them, smile and say “Not today.” Then turn and walk away. There’s nothing they can say to make you interact with them. Even if they ask you when you’ll be available, you can still turn and smile and say “Not today.”
It really works and the anxiety you feel will completely melt away knowing you have this one tool in your arsenal against bullies.
Not today 🙂
Dedicated to my friend Kim, who always gives the best advice I have ever had. With a cape and a nice tiara, I believe she could save the world.