Day 28: Transform Stress into Courage and Confidence
Are you ready for tips on how to avoid negative energy?
We all have people in our lives that act as cheerleaders and who are great for our self-esteem.
We also often have people around us who bring us down.
Or maybe it’s a particular place or situation that makes you feel inadequate or self-conscious.
It’s important to be aware of these people, places, and situations that will bring you down.
When you know who and what they are, you can guard against them and if possible avoid them.
How to Avoid Negative Energy: Boost Your Awareness
Your stress resilience and self-confidence takes the biggest hit when you are unaware of the stress triggers you’re walking into.
When you feel blind-sided, it hurts. But that’s not all.
It’s hard to recover and rebuild stress –resilience, self-esteem and courage.
I like to think of how these people, places, and situations affect us as negative energy.
Your first task is to become aware of this negative energy and realize where it’s coming from before it hits you like a ton of bricks.
By simply being aware you avoid being surprised. Try it.
How To STOP Negative Energy? Guard Against It And Neutralize It
Once you are aware of what or who is bringing you down, you can start to guard against it.
The basic idea is to neutralize the negative energy that’s being sent your way.
One of my favorite ways of doing this is to expect it going in and realizing what’s causing it.
For example, if your colleague always gives you a hard time about your weight, it may help to realize that she’s putting you down because she’s not happy with her own life.
That is toxic and that is why you need to learn how to avoid negative energy.
These stress management interventions may be just what the doctor ordered!
If you feel judged at work by a group of people, it helps to know that they may be doing it to make themselves feel better.
Realizing this going in will go a long way towards neutralizing things.
Of course another way to guard yourself is to do what you can to avoid interacting with the people that bring you down and of course avoiding the places and situations that make you feel bad.
Adjust Your Life As Needed Until You Feel More Confident And Courageous
Last but not least, avoiding people, places, and situations that will bring you down is always an option.
If you know a conversation with your sister will make you feel less confident, or you feel judged when going to a certain bar or club, avoid those people and places for now.
I’m not saying you have to cut them out indefinitely.
I am just saying that you may need to learn how to hug a porcupine!
For now, take a break and focus on building up your confidence and your self-esteem.
When you’re ready, you can go back to focusing on how to deal with toxic and difficult to love people or hanging out at those places and see how it goes.
Often the experience is completely different when you approach it in a confident manner.