Nothing can bring you down as much as being around negative people. So how do you prevent people’s negative energy from affecting you? 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 behaviour 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 kind 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.