If I had to choose one expression for how I think we should be handling trolls on the internet it would be:

Because no one has the energy to handle haters

They are in every field, whether you’re browsing around the Yogi Web or the fandom world of Harry Potter. Trolls. Annoying hell-raising and incredibly obnoxious trolls. What do they like to do? They figure out what pushes your buttons and proceed to do exactly that. One of their specialities is making big deals out of small things – like body hair shaming on yoga models.

You can choose to not care.

One of the most powerful things that you can do is choose to put aside what people say. There’s no point in putting stock into people’s arguments and racist (and/or other stereotypical) opinions. Honestly, I find it really empowering to remind myself that the only opinions that matter are those who I say do. If someone online thinks that my Instagram selfie isn’t the epitome of beauty in this day and age (ahem to which I fervently disagree) then so what? Why does it matter what a stranger thinks?

Answer: it doesn’t.

I understand that it’s easy to fall into the habit of caring what people think, and that when an anonymous stranger online wants to insult you – it feels personal. Here’s my advice. Take a deep breath, and think about whether it’s worth it to waste your emotions of anger and hurt on someone who doesn’t care about who you are as a person. It will take a lot of reminding. Caring what other people think is something we’ve been almost socially ingrained to accept. But take it from someone who could care less: it’s not worth it.

Draw what you want. Shave as much or as little as you want.

How about you, yogis? How do you deal with social media haters?

pbr