1. Avoid the person who rejected you like the plague, at least for a little while. Having to face someone who just rejected you the next day or maybe even the next hour is some kind of sick, twisted, torture. Call in sick, walk an extra mile out of your way, find a new favorite café – I don’t care, just plan on being, “extremely busy” for the next couple of days or for the rest of your life. Whatever. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
2. Take a social media hiatus. You probably stalked the living day lights out of the person who you were/are interested in. Well, rather than haunt their social media accounts for reasons or especially one reason (See: Other person they might be dating.) just get off of it altogether for a period of time. Social media can be painful enough without having to be constantly reminded that the person you were interested in is, “Having the best time ever! OMG!” or “Spending Saturday night right.” with another person.
3. Get a new hobby. This is a bit much but I do understand that if you really really liked someone and you’ve liked them for a long time, it might be worth it to fill up your time with something that will keep you busy. Salsa dancing, learning how to pay guitar, starting a blog, anything. At least just try something new and fun for a night or two to get your mind off things.
4. Don’t get mad, get sexy! Rejection sucks – plain and simple. But you know what doesn’t suck? Getting so damn in shape first and foremost, for yourself. But also when you just so happen to see the person the next time, they don’t even recognize you at first because you did in fact get hotter. Oh, they want you now? Sorry, you’ve moved on to greener pastures.
5. Get out with your friends. Put your birthday suit on and enjoy the company of people who know you and know how wonderful you really are. Maybe your friends will even play wing-person for you all night and you can be reminded that there are in fact, plenty of fish in the sea. What are you waiting for? Go fishing!
6. Brood over it. If you’re the emotionally-cutting type, you could lock yourself up for an entire weekend and watch Sixteen Candles over and over again while eating an entire container of Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert as you sob over the fact that someone who could have been your very own Jake Ryan rejected you. Don’t worry, nobody’s judging you. And I promise it does get better. Maybe one day you’ll even write about it on a popular website while laughing embarrassingly about how not-a-big-deal rejection actually is. Now, if only you could remember that as you figure out how to approach the next victim of your attraction.