Dealing with Negative People
December 7, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“If you cannot be positive, at least be quiet.” – Joel Osteen
This is the season for sharing time with friends and family, spreading joy and love. Are there some friends or family members that you are dreading spending time with during the holidays? I call these people “Negative Nellies”. People who just drip in negative energy. After spending time with then you often feel drained and mentally exhausted. It does not even have to be someone you know, you can pick up a negative feeling in crowds while at the mall, pretty much anywhere.
Negative energy can be contagious, especially if you are tired or stressed out. That is what the holiday preparations are known for, right?
Hope is on the way…
Spiritual leader, Natalie Ledwell, shares with us her “5 Powerful Ways to Drain Negative Energy”.
Step 1: Identify Your Sensitivity Level
Some traits of very susceptible people include feeling drained and overwhelmed in the presence of crowds, feeling stress or pain from other people and taking it on as your own, and feeling the need to take alone time to recharge your energy.
If you were born with the innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others, this is great, but be sure you follow the steps below to ensure you use your gift to your advantage.
Step 2: Identify the Source of Negativity and Take Action
First, identify if the negative feeling is caused from something specific that you can control. If it is, then try to confront this as soon as possible and/or seek professional help if you need to. Remember that YOU are also responsible for stopping this energy from spreading out into other areas of your life.
If you can’t pinpoint the source, then chances are it’s someone else’s energy that you’ve absorbed. So, take action by distancing yourself from anyone that doesn’t make you feel good. If it’s someone you don’t know, in a movie theater for example, don’t hesitate to switch places if you suddenly feel affected by their energy.
Step 3: Connect with Your Breath
If you feel a negative vibe, try to find a place where you can be by yourself for a couple of minutes. Close your eyes and try connecting with your breath.
Visualize love and positive energy coming to you every time you inhale and imagine releasing fear every time you exhale. Doing this for a few minutes will not only make you feel better, but also replenished.
Step 4: Surround Yourself with Positive-Minded People
Spending time with people who lift you up and always see the good in every situation will help you disengage from any negative emotions. Every time you surround yourself with love and peace, you shield yourself against any negative energy that could potentially harm you.
Remember that expressing love and compassion also means loving and showing compassion to yourself. So never feel guilty about avoiding a person or a situation that doesn’t feel right for you.
Step 5: Enhance Your Abilities
Practicing yoga and meditation, and having your own personal space where you can recharge your energy, are essential tools to help maintain your well-being.
Let’s set our intention to making our holidays Happy and Positive!
“Sometimes you have to unfollow people in real life.” – #bossbabe
I am limiting the time I spend with negative people.
If I am feeling negative vibes, I close my eyes and just breathe.
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