Nothing can bring you down as much as being around negative people.
While sympathetic people feel compassion towards others, empaths may take on the burden of others as if they were their own.
In some cases, this can lead you to absorb the energy of the people around you, which can affect you mentally, physically and spiritually.
While it’s important to offer emotional support to people you love, you also have to know how to protect your heart from people who take advantage of your kindness.
Here are 5 simple ways to stop absorbing negative energy:
1. Stop People-Pleasing.
When people complain about you or try to bring you down, don’t take it personally. This kind of behavior is more a reflection of who they are than of your worth.
The more you let yourself be influenced by gossip, the more you begin to depend on the praise of others.
It’s important to realize that you can’t make everyone like you and that your worth doesn’t come from the opinions of others.
Love yourself first and foremost and let go of people who bring you down.
2. Keep Vampires At Bay.
Have you ever had a friend that just sucks the life out of you? The kind of friend that you have to gather up your strengths to hang out with and leaves you feeling emotionally and physically drained?
These kinds of people are referred to as emotional vampires.
These people always have time to see you when they need support but are never available when you need help. And the more they complain, the more they find new things to complain about.
Remind yourself that it’s never your responsibility to fix another person’s problems, not even a family member. If they can’t help themselves, don’t carry their burden for them.
Giving in to someone’s drama won’t help them, and it certainly won’t help you.
3. Say No.
It’s important to know your boundaries and speak up when they are crossed.
You wouldn’t let someone come into your home and tear it apart, so why should you let him damage your self-esteem?
As the saying goes: “Don’t let anyone walk through you’re your mind with dirty feet.”
Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t rude to say no to someone, and you don’t need to justify the use of the word.
If you feel like you aren’t being respected, stand up for yourself and make it known.
Your time and your heart are precious, so keep good people around you and block out the bad. If you find yourself saying no more than yes to a particular friend, consider if they are helping you grow or just holding you back.
4. Enjoy “Me” Time.
It’s important to give yourself time away from everyone so that you can tune into your own thoughts and desires. Whether it’s taking a bath or having a lazy morning in bed, schedule time to find your inner voice.
If you’re in a rough spot, go outside. The fresh air and innocence of the natural world will make you realize that every problem is small on the scale of the universe and that life always goes on.
Soak up the pure energy of the world around you and reconnect with your authentic self.
5. Take Responsibility.
Ultimately, you are the only person who decides how you feel. No matter what environment you’re in, you have the choice to stay strong or to let others have power over you.
Once you take responsibility for your emotions, you release yourself from the influence of others.
When you feel confident and love yourself, you gain emotional strength and endurance.
Don’t forget to stay positive in your daily life. It’s okay to let yourself have negative thoughts every once in a while, and when you do, live through them and let them go.
Sometimes a good cry is the best medicine.
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The article (5 Ways to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Negative Energy) was published in Humans Are Free and it is re-posted here with permission.