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  • Writer's pictureMichele Andorfer

Rising Above The Noise: A Guide to Overcoming Negative People

Negativity can be infectious, and when you are surrounded by negative people, it's easy to feel drained, discouraged, and even demotivated. 

Whether it's a pessimistic coworker, a critical family member, or a toxic friend, dealing with negativity from others can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being.  

However, it's important to remember that you DO have the power to choose how you respond to negative people and you DO have the power to determine if that negativity impacts your life. If you have struggled with negative influences in your life, here are some strategies to help you eliminate those negative influences and maintain your own positivity and peace of mind.

Set Boundaries

Establishing boundaries is essential when dealing with negative people.  Clearly communicate your limits and make it known what behavior is acceptable and what is not. If someone constantly brings negativity into your life, don't hesitate to distance yourself or limit your interactions with them. Remember that it's okay to prioritize your own mental health and well-being.

Practice Empathy

Empathy is probably not the first thing you think about when someone is complaining or criticizing you. While it may be challenging, it’s important to understand there are underlying reasons for their behavior. Often, negativity stems from insecurities, unresolved issues, or past traumas. 

By approaching negative individuals with empathy and understanding, you may be able to create a more constructive dialogue and potentially help them address the root causes of their negativity.

Maintain Positivity

When confronted with negativity, try to maintain a positive mindset and focus on the things that bring you joy and fulfillment. Surround yourself with positive influences, engage in activities that make you happy, and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. By nurturing your own positivity, you'll be better equipped to navigate through negative situations with resilience and grace.

Reframe Negative Interactions

Instead of allowing negative people to drag you down, remind yourself of your worth and the value of your contributions. Practice resilience by reframing their comments as reflections of their own insecurities or biases rather than as assessments of your abilities. 

Focus on engaging with constructive feedback and creating a supportive community that uplifts and empowers you.  Look for opportunities to extract valuable lessons from challenging situations and use them as opportunities for personal growth and self-reflection. By shifting your perspective, you can turn negative encounters into catalysts for positive change!

Practice Self-Care

Taking care of yourself is crucial when dealing with negative people. Prioritize self-care activities that replenish your energy and nourish your soul, whether it's practicing mindfulness, exercising, spending time in nature, or connecting with supportive friends and loved ones. 

Remember that you are responsible for your own well-being, and investing in self-care is not selfish but necessary for maintaining your mental and emotional resilience.

Seek Support

Don't hesitate to seek support from trusted friends, family members, or mental health professionals when dealing with negative people. Having a strong support network can provide you with validation, perspective, and encouragement during challenging times. Surround yourself with people who uplift and empower you, and don't be afraid to reach out for help when needed.

Dealing with negative people can be draining and challenging, but it's important to remember that you have the power to control how you respond to their negativity. By setting boundaries, practicing empathy, maintaining positivity, reframing negative interactions, prioritizing self-care, and seeking support, you can overcome the influence of negative individuals and maintain your peace of mind and well-being. Remember that you deserve to surround yourself with positivity and cultivate a life filled with joy, fulfillment, and positivity!



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