5 Ways to Stop Absorbing Negative Energy from Others

EnergyAnna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

With empathy, the ability to recognize and feel other people’s emotions, comes the disadvantage of also absorbing the suffering and negativity of the others around you. When this occurs, your ability to function at your best can be significantly impacted. Even a person who is not so empathic can be affected energetically when around negative or dramatic people.

Absorbing other people’s negative energy can be just as toxic on a person as ingesting unhealthy food, and perhaps even more noticeably draining. Thus, learning how to stop this from happening can be a valuable skill. Here are five methods that you can use so you absorb less negative energy from others around you.

1) Be Selective About the People You Allow into Your Life

You have to come to terms that not everyone will like you, and you don’t have to become friends with everyone that you meet. You do not need to pressure yourself into befriending everyone you meet, either at work, though existing friends, or via your kids. Of course you want to be polite, but trust your intuition when meeting new people and don’t ever feel like you need to spend time with people just because you’ve come to know them by association.

Furthermore, if you find yourself often needing to vent about a person, have a friend that is consistently negative about life, or feel like someone in your life is regularly taking advantage of you or is unkind to you, then perhaps it is time to create some distance. Some friendships or relationships are just not good for you, and you have to be able to accept that. Once you do, you can let go of the friends and acquaintances who dump their negativity on you.

Learning to let go and saying “no” to people who do not deserve your time and attention allows you more time for the ones that do, including your family and YOURSELF.

2) Don’t Try Please Everyone

We all have only so many hours in one day, so be selective about who receives your time. Don’t waste it on people who don’t seem to care about you, give you a hard time, or are overly critical of you. Just as you won’t like certain individuals, there will be some that don’t like you or do not treat you kindly.

Focus on developing relationships that seem to thrive naturally, versus working on getting people to like you who naturally don’t gravitate to you. The latter will not only leave you drained, they will probably affect how you perceive yourself.

3) Beware of Energy Vampires

As already mentioned, you may have existing friends that are always negative about life, but consider that some people are can be even more toxic. These types could be dubbed energy vampires because they suck you dry of all positive energy and leave you with all their negativity. That is what keeps them going.

Beware of energy vampires who always use negative words and dump negative emotions onto you. Notice which “friends” use pessimistic language or treat you like a soundboard for their negative feelings. You are likely absorbing all of their negativity every time you see them.

This doesn’t mean stop being there for a friend in need, but pay attention to the ones that take advantage of a kind ear or are inclined to always use negative language. Let them know how you feel about all the pessimism. If these “friends” don’t understand that they are draining you, then perhaps they are not really your friends.

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4) Be Responsible for Yourself

You are the only person that has control over how you feel. In any situation, you have the choice of how you react and what you do. Some say it takes years of training to control your feelings, but it all starts with awareness, which you can practice right now.

Taking responsibility for yourself means that you have to start becoming aware of how you feel when certain people are around you. And then are not afraid to take action. If you spend time with someone who makes you feel bad or leaves you drained, it is time to create some distance between you and that person.

Don’t be a victim, because you have the power of how you experience life. You will absorb more goodness and less negativity if you really reflect on how people, places and situations make you feel, and then take action to change what does not serve you.

5) Spend Time Alone

For some reason the Western society has come to denigrate personal characteristics such as introversion, shyness, timidity, etc. However, time alone, and the personal discovery that happens during this time, can be quite healing and regenerating.

For some, solitude is quite difficult as it is a time when a person starts to really look at what’s happening with their own self. Yet it is necessary if you are to cultivate the awareness you need to identify when you absorb negative energy and who in your life is an energy vampire.

Remember simple tools such as breathing slowly, quiet meditation, reading a good book, and spending time in nature. They are all available to you so you can enjoy solitude. Use these tools when you are ready to take action to rid yourself of unwanted energetic toxicity and reinforce yourself for yet another day.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here. Visit her essential oils store here.

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  • Fred James

    Everyday, in every way, I get better and better.

    Sit quietly, close your eyes gently. Breathe deep and slow. and repeat this phrase over and over, while day-dreaming your most relaxing scenario. About 10 to 15 minutes, at least twice a day.
    It’s called taking time for yourself. You will be amazed at the difference in just one week.

  • Vassago Gamori

    All needlefeast frenzy on the floating brothel drifting through temporal folds, agents of the seen and unseen spectrum playing the old familiar games of pleasure and power; there were no walls between are and seem, and things from otherspheres did as they would do without consequence of these shockwaves sent through time for those who warp the Now Continuum.

  • David Fiske

    I’ve got a new ‘essay” up Eaglehart http://esotericarts.org/Essays.html#Joyous

    • Eaglehart

      Beautiful essay, David! Thanks for sharing.

  • David Fiske
  • David Fiske

    Yes I so enjoy Calvin and Hobbes. I smile EVERY time. I’ve read Far Side and when i’ve finished the 4 volume complete Calvin might try them again too. thanks for the advice Eaglehart

  • middleway

    Pure unadulterated Solipsism.

  • walcon

    When I’m around an energy vampire or negative people, I picture myself surrounded by an aura of loving light. (To do this, I usually must ignore the vampire).

  • David Fiske

    Useful read for many I’m sure.When my kundalini rose in 1962 I became an empath and have been dealing with this ever since. Also 50% an introvert. so as you write time alone ESSENTIAL. Better now it is true, but sometimes with those nearest and dearest I am, still a sponge. And in a turbulent world one has to realise one’s feeling aren’t one’s own. I find a good mystery story puts me in another world. Read a lot of spiritual books. Music helps. Also am enjoying the Complete Calvin and Hobbes books ( 4 of them). They put a big smile on my face.

    • Eaglehart

      For more hilarity Dave, read Berkley Breathed’s (I am not sure if I spelled the last name correctly) “Bloom County” and Gary Larson’s “Farside” comics! Funny as !@#$%^&*. Bless!

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