I’ll admit it, growing up I was a bully. Not the kind you think though, I actually bullied the bullies. I always hated watching people tear others down for the way they looked, or acted, or even sexual preference, so I usually stepped in to help. I’m going to tell you how I avoided getting bullied growing up and how I still to this day, steal others power from them when they try to make fun of me for anything. One thing I’m going to say is if someone is physically bullying you this won’t help you any. If the abuse is physical I would recommend speaking with an adult or someone that will help you.
You are who you are; never ever feel ashamed of anything about yourself. Once you accept this, no one can say anything that will ever bother you. People, especially kids, can be mean and cruel. They’ll look for every flaw they can find and target it. Want to know how to stop it? Beat them to the punch. What bullies are looking for is a reaction. If they get no reaction, this frustrates them and they’ll usually move on. When someone tells you that you’re fat, grab your belly, and say something funny about it. If you’re agreeing with them, you’re stealing their power, because you’re not giving them a reaction that they’re looking for.
One thing you never, ever, want to do is insult them. You don’t want to try and flip the insult on them and make them look bad. This will only antagonize them to attack you further or even end up with the situation becoming physical. Throwing an insult back never gets anyone anywhere.
I’ve followed this advice my entire life and have never had issues with bullies. I’ve even become so used to pointing out my own flaws and turning them into jokes, that now days, I do it just for fun to get a laugh out of people. Just be comfortable being you and you won’t have anything to worry about. Who cares what someone else says to you, I know sometimes it may get to you, but if you want it to stop there, don’t let them know it bothers you. A bully is usually someone who is either jealous of you, or not comfortable with themselves.
If you have any other methods that have worked for you, let me know in the comments.