Sometimes if you’re visibly upset, people will ask you nosy questions: Are you okay? What’s wrong? What happened? What’s the matter?
Resist the urge to yell, scream, or throw your handbag at your caring friend’s head. These folks mean well, but when you’re genuinely distraught, chances are you just want to be left alone–so make sure to let them know without resorting to violence!
If it’s a pal or acquaintance offering a shoulder and support, you don’t want to be rude or mean. A simple, “I’d rather be alone right now, but thank you” will suffice.
If it’s a stranger? Have a little fun with it: you can try acting completely whacked out and insane to make them go away. (We recommend randomly starting to sing at the top of your lungs–the endorphins it releases will also cheer you up!)