Experiencing online harassment can be overwhelming. You may feel scared, angry, embarrassed - to list just a few among a whole host of (totally valid) emotions. You could even be experiencing physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, nausea, or difficulty sleeping. You might simply feel numb. (Learn more about the impacts of online harassment here)
In these situations, it's key to take time out to take care of yourself. The first thing that you need to remember is that online harassment is never your fault and it’s not your responsibility to “fix it.” It is normal to feel scared but you should understand that there is never a perfect response, that being abused online is not your fault, and that you are not alone.
Having that said, it is very important to take the time to recover and employ strategies for taking care of yourself. Keep in mind that there is strength in recognizing harassment and taking steps to develop resilience.