In this abridged Q&A session with one of my lovely followers, Nancy, I share some science backed tips and old fashioned wisdom on maintaining your positive mentality when working with 'negative energy vampires'.
Here's what I cover:
1. Remind yourself that you are in control.
No one can make you feel something without giving you consent. Consciously decide to reclaim power and control.
2. Acknowledge how you feel and why.
If there are people who are negative or emotionally triggering, ask yourself: 'Why am I so triggered around them?’ Then, follow up with, ‘are one of my values being violated here?’ This helps you understand more about yourself.
3. Give yourself a Pep Talk before interacting with these people.
Become your internal coach. Remind yourself that you don’t need to become a passenger in the process and ‘give in’ to their negativity. Mentally prepare yourself before entering that environment.
Bonus #1. Develop a mantra.
Based on how you feel when you’re around these people, come up with a positive affirmation that counters it, for example, if you find you feel powerless, your mantra could be, “I am powerful and in control.”
Bonus #2. Focus on the good in others.
When our self worth is low, we tend to be more critical of others, and we’re more critical of ourselves. So, make an effort to consciously seek out only the good in others - it will serve you well!