Giving in to negative energy and thoughts, whether from yourself or from others, is never a good idea. It robs you of your personal power, consuming you with the toxic emotions of negative thoughts. You can enhance your personal power by learning to rid your life of the negativity around you, both from others and within yourself.
The Sources of Negativity
We are all exposed to negativity in life. Gossip, unhealthy relationships, emotional interactions, and even your own inner critical voice are always there, ready to give you a healthy dose of negativity. In situations where you have a lot of negativity coming at you, it is essential to set up a boundary for yourself and say “no.” Learning how to stop this negative flow from assaulting you will protect you from the downward spiral that these interactions often bring.
To do this, you must change your intentions and perspectives during emotional or negative exchanges, which can help feel more powerful. Whether it is shutting down the morale buster at work, quieting your own self-criticism, or silencing the crass neighbor who always puts you on edge, learning to engage your personal power and release the negativity of the world while help you live with more happiness and peace.
How to Get Rid of Negativity in Your Life
Channeling your personal power is a terrific way to rid yourself and your life from the negative forces that are trying to steal your happiness. Here are just a few ways to remove these naysayers from your sphere and start to reclaim your personal power.
1. Start With You
Many times, we are much more aware of the negativity from other people, but we fail to acknowledge how we are allowing that negativity to affect us. Start by examining how you allow yourself to react to the negativity of others.
Become accountable for your emotions as well as your behaviors. Are you guilty of gossiping about others? Do you engage in the negative office banter you supposedly hate? Start to look at your own behaviors first, if you want to truly cut negativity in your life.
You should also examine how you respond to others’ negativity. You have the power to control your emotions and reactions to what others say and do, but are you exercising this power? Do you walk away from negative conversations or tell others your feelings on the matter? How often do you become emotionally charged because of someone else?
2. Become the Positive Force
If you want others to be more positive, you have to surround them with positivity. Instead of giving in to the negative energy of others, be the positive energy that boosts them up and guides them from the darkness. Find something positive to say.
Model healthy boundaries for others by letting them know you do not want to talk negatively about others. Steer conversations toward more productive and positive outcomes when possible. Lead by example.
When you spend time with negative people, it can change how you think. After interactions with negative people, look at how your thoughts are altered. Are you more worried, anxious, or negative now than before? Make a conscious choice to spend less mental energy on these interactions and move forward with more intentional positivity, for your own sake.
One way to get through negative interactions is to just breathe and remember, this is not about you, this does not affect you, and you are not going to allow it to change your positive mood. Deep breaths help to calm your mind, which can help you think more clearly about the best way to get out of the situation. Quieting your body and mind is the perfect way to engage your power and listen to your heart.