Things to keep in mind:
1) Stand firm on your values
Best to not sacrifice them again. Even if you think it was for the best.
In the end, they help define you.
And in the end, you will not regret your actions.
2) Know that others will always WANT to share their opinions, even if you don't want to hear them.
So just let them talk and if you really truly feel it serves you no good, let the noise pass you by.
They will always find others who will be willing to be judged by their words.
So don't be that person if you don't want to.
3) Be deserved.
If you don't feel you're being appreciated, then say it.
Being a martyr helps no one.
4) Know the limits of need.
Sometimes, however, realize that being appreciated may take time.
And if the person is worth it, then feel free to give that time.
If too much time passes, however, know you have every right to say, "Enough."
5) Accept there are cancers in the world.
You can't make the world 100% better.
Even if you know it would be for the best.
Many times, you will have to just accept the fact there are undesirables in the world.
Just be glad you know you aren't one of them.
6) Don't be afraid to say, "It is none of your business."
Most of the time, it isn't.
So tell them off if you must.
7) Move forward.
Linger only if you see there's a point to. But if you don't, then move forward.
You will only see what you deserve based on what you allow yourself to be exposed to.
And ultimately, it is your choice what you will accept.
8) It does not hurt to be nice.
But it doesn't mean you become plastic.
Just don't sink to their level.
(Most of the time, after all, they believe they stand at a higher level.)
9) Be wary of mind games.
It has always been a useful tool others use in sounding smarter,
or making others "think" they are more important.
So be aware when they are being used.
Call them out if you feel you're the target of one.
You're only a victim of it if you allow yourself to be.
10) Remember, in the end, we're all doing what we believe is best.
So let others do what they think they must.
And be there to be supportive, if you honestly still want to.
You are under no obligation to do so.
But when you do choose to, it has to be because you truly believe it is worth it.