Be honest. If someone says something that hurts you—speak up. You might try something like, “I’m sure you didn’t mean it that way, but that comment came off a little hurtful. Is there something bothering you?” If the person truly meant no harm, then this gives them the opportunity to apologize and realize how what they said may have sounded. Or, if there is a bigger problem, you have opened the door for them to express it.
Plan ahead. Don’t hurt your mom’s feelings by not showing up to a family dinner because she’s serving an unhealthy meal—and don’t be judgmental about it either. Instead, suggest that you bring a dish too—and make it something tasty and healthy. Not only will you now have something you can eat, you might introduce your family to something new they’ll enjoy as well.
Check yourself. Are you spending so much time working on yourself that you are neglecting your friends and family? Remember that relationships go both ways. Make time for the people in your life. Ask about their struggles and accomplishments, and reassure them that you are still you---you’re just trying to be the best version of yourself you can be.