Whether you鈥檙e starting your own YouTube channel or creating a standout Instagram profile, social media trolls can definitely put a damper on your online experience. NYC-based therapist Kimberly Hershenson believes that online hate may cause more serious damage to one鈥檚 mental health than in-person interactions. 鈥淲hen rude comments or bullying are online, and you are looking at social media at home or at work, it can be even worse because it is happening to you in a place you should feel safe.鈥 Online comments live forever, so you and your followers can reread them over and over again and be caught in a very unhealthy cycle. In an effort to equip our fellow #girlbosses with everything they need to slay their social media life, we tapped a few mental health and social media experts to give us their top tips for shaking off online trolls.

1. Don鈥檛 reread nasty comments. The really unfortunate thing about receiving online hate is that you have the ability to relive the message over and over again. Hershenson advises us to only allow ourselves to read hateful comments once. 鈥淸Rereading mean comments] will only lead to obsession and further anger,鈥 she says.

2. Make a 30-second rule. Most people鈥檚 first response when they see an online troll is to fire back with everything they鈥檝e got. 鈥淎fter you鈥檝e written something but before you post it, step away from the computer or phone for 30 seconds,鈥 Hershenson suggests. 鈥淲hen you come back, look at the message you wrote and ask yourself how you鈥檇 feel if someone wrote this to you.鈥

3. Focus on the positive feedback. 鈥淐hances are the good comments and interactions far outweigh the negative ones,鈥 says Erin Motz, Bad Yogi co-founder, who has *definitely* dealt with her fair share of internet trolls. 鈥淔ocus your energy on appreciating the positive things people say rather than pouring all your energy into obsessing over WHY someone said something nasty. Easier said than done, I know, but trust me 鈥 it鈥檚 time much better spent.鈥

4. Surround yourself with a supportive community. 鈥淚t can be easy to get wrapped up in the endless void of negativity that is the internet,鈥 says Elizabeth Benson, October June lifestyle blogger. 鈥淏ut if you can create a community of people that appreciate and accept you, you鈥檒l always have a positive corner of the internet.鈥

5. Unplug and unwind. If the hateful comments are taking a serious toll on your mental health, it may be a good idea to go offline for a little while. 鈥淭ake a walk outside, check out a new coffee shop in your town, play with your dog, or go shopping with your friends,鈥 Benson advises. 鈥淭aking some time in the real world will be seriously refreshing 鈥 and reminds you how many people love you, online and off!鈥

6. Know your hashtags. If you know that you are sensitive to internet trolls, you may want to avoid tagging your social media posts with certain hashtags, says Miranda Romero, Pretty Girl Makeup public relations manager. 鈥淭ry to stay away from #likeforlike or #followforfollow types of hashtags, as many internet trolls feed off these posts,鈥 she warns.

7. If nothing else works, delete and block. Instead of engaging in a hate-fueled thread, delete troll posts as soon as you see them. 鈥淣obody needs this negativity on their social platforms 鈥 especially if it鈥檚 untrue, spiteful, or libelous,鈥 Romero says. 鈥淏lock these users to ensure they do not bring any more negativity to your brand!鈥

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