Here at Ugly Kid, we take a ‘rise above’ approach to bullying, as opposed to the usual ‘revolt against’ approach. Someone wants to call you stupid? Fat? Ugly? So what! You’re above it! However, we also realize that it’s not always that easy. When you’re in the thick of it and have a bully staring you square between the eyes, your mind doesn’t always go to its happy place. In fact, sometimes you don’t know what to do at all. We’ve compiled a list on the top 5 things that you can do to rise above!

1. Stand tall.
Posture says a lot. Put your shoulders back, hold your head high and stand tall! Let the bully know that their words and insults aren’t going to break you, because you’re stronger than that.

2. Don’t give them a chance.
Though we don’t necessarily think that running away from your problems is a good thing, there’s a big difference between running away and stopping the situation from happening in the first place. For example, if you’re being harassed online, you can block their account on Facebook.

3. Don’t bully back.
Fighting fire with fire rarely solves anything. If you call them names, or bully them back, you’ve just stooped to their level. Remember, you’re above it!

4. Confide in your support system.
Tell your best friend, tell your mom or dad… hell, tell your tumblr followers if it helps! Gaining support will help you gain confidence, and gaining confidence will help you to rise above the situation.

5. Take it seriously and tell somebody.
Even though it seems all too common these days, bullying is a serious matter. You could be in more danger than you realize. Reach out to someone in a position of power before it goes too far.

Being bullied is hard. Trust us. We know. But it doesn’t have to be impossible to deal with. Remember to follow these steps, and never let it break your sprit!