How to Manage Annoying People

Headed somewhere you know you’ll encounter a challenging person? Here are five steps to cultivating compassion for those who annoy you:


  1. Take a mindful pause.


  1. Notice what you are feeling.


  1. Ask yourself what these feelings may be trying to teach you. Remember that feelings are our internal GPS.


  1. Remind yourself that we have all had difficult moments and behaviors.


  1. Remain open to how an experience with a challenging person may have more to do with you than them. Oftentimes, internal reflection and deeper exploration are needed in order to make a shift in your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors towards challenging people.