Not all advice is good advice
We all have to deal with annoying advice – it seems that everyone has an opinion about how you should parent, what you should wear, how you should work, what you should eat… the list is endless.
So what can you do to save your sanity when you are given yet another piece of unwanted advice?
Channel your inner Saint
Let the annoying advice roll right off your back. Let it go in one ear and right out the other while you take several deep breaths and count to 10 (or 100 depending on just how annoying the advice is). Paste a calm expression on your face and repeat the serenity prayer over and over in your mind…
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Channel your inner Southern belle
If you need help bringing the smile to your face you can imagine yourself kicking the person in the shins and running away or throwing yourself on the ground and throwing a tantrum.
Remember that you don’t need to defend yourself. Don’t let annoying advice make you question yourself- trust your gut!
Channel your inner journalist
Evaluate the advice from a safe, detached, unemotional distance remembering that you don’t actually have to DO any of it.
Respond with comments like “isn’t it interesting how many different ways there are to do things?!” Refuse to argue or get into a debate and walk away if the situation becomes overwhelming.
Annoying advice happens to everyone – refuse to let it steal your joy!
Written by guest contributor Tara Robertson, author of Tara’s View of the World.
Tara is a Canadian work at home mom with 3 kiddos. She works as a virtual assistant and social media manager. Her oldest son has been diagnosed with high-functioning Autism & ODD/ADHD. You can find Tara on twitter @tarasview and on Facebook.