How often have you experienced that feeling of ‘something is off’ when you walk into a room full of people or share a piece of good news in your WhatsApp group of friends? When you get that feeling for no apparent reason, the hidden cause may be negative energy.
The bad energy may be emanating from one of the others or yourself. It is highly contagious. Meaning, it spreads easily with close contact. One person in a group with negative energy can infect the rest in no time.
This doesn’t mean that you have to avoid company to escape being afflicted with this malady. There are ways and means to brace for the negative elements in a group. Even if you have negative energy, you can get rid of it with perseverance.
However, eliminating bad energy in another person may not be an easy task without the said person’s cooperation.
When you get that feeling of ‘something is not right’, you need to spring into action immediately. Eliminating or avoiding negative energy is not difficult if you know how to go about it.
Read on to learn how to get rid of the negative energy attached to you.
What is negative energy?
Negative energy or bad energy is not something tangible enough to be assigned a proper definition. However, most of us, at some point or the other in our lives have encountered negative energy in ourselves or others.
Often bad energy comes out as nasty comments either said to your face or behind your back. Or in the form of advice telling you not to attempt something ambitious by pointing out your limitations. It typically works by pulling you down in some way or another.
8 ways to get rid of negative energy
The presence of negative energy hampers your progress in life and prevents you from achieving success. People with bad energy rarely manage to reach their potential. All the more reason to get rid of it at the earliest.
1. Surround yourself with positive people
Energy transmits easily and fast by association – be it positive or negative energies. Having a close bond with negative people can harm you while keeping the company of positive people can act as an instant pick-me-up as well.
People with negative energy suck out positivity from others and turn them into negative people. The trick is to learn to identify negative people and avoid their company.
Besides, you can maintain your positive attitude or even eliminate low levels of negative energy by surrounding yourself with positive people. However, if you are too deep into negative territory, this alone may not be enough.
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2. Take responsibility for your thoughts and action
It is common for people with negative energy to place the blame on everything else but themselves for their actions. Thinking of yourself as the victim and shifting the blame of your thoughts and actions on others is only going to worsen the situation.
While the first step to recovery is accepting the presence of negativity in yourself, the next step would be to take full responsibility for your negative thoughts and action.
By holding yourself accountable for your thoughts and actions, you will be forced to think of the consequences. That will serve as a deterrent in spreading negativity any more. This line of action will help you to get rid of negative energy slowly but surely.
3. Volunteer to help others
An instant mood booster, helping others is also useful for helping yourselves. Selfishness and negativity are closely linked. By volunteering to help others, you are shedding selfishness and embracing selflessness.
The act of kindness can get you out of the negative rut you find yourselves in. It can elevate your mood instantly and raise your energy levels in a flash, thereby weeding out negativity.
4. Practice gratitude
Another positive trait, gratitude can bust the myth about entitlement. By being grateful for all the positive happenings in your life, you are accepting the fact that you are not the center of the Universe, and others are not obliged to cater to your whims and fancies.
When you are vain and unappreciative of the efforts of others, negativity creeps into your system in no time. Being thankful for the blessings helps you accept that you are not entitled to them.
Gratitude helps you understand the act of receiving rather than taking.
5. Laughter is the best medicine
There are no two opinions that laughter boosts the mood and fills you with positive energy. One of the sure-fire mood uplifting techniques, laughter can make the hardest of the tasks look simple and easy.
If you take life too seriously and find it difficult to laugh, learn to make it a habit by starting to laugh at yourself. You need to remind yourself that life is short and you are here to live life the best way possible. Being serious and stressed is no way to live.
6. Steer clear of negative thoughts
The old saying goes, an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. Your thoughts and feelings have a huge impact on your actions. So, begin the change from the inside.
Negative self-talk is a common trait among negative people. When you get the urge to indulge in it, take some time to think about it. With some effort, you can turn around the negative thoughts into positive ones by making some changes. For example, “I am a failure” may be rephrased as “I did not do as well as expected. I will do better next time”.
7. Turn the tables on negativity with positive action
Whenever you have negative thoughts, take a deep breath, take a step back, and promise yourself that you will not convert them into negative action. Instead, make these bad thoughts a basis for positive action.
8. Give your living space an energy boost
Homes are known to accumulate negative energy from the people living in them. Learn to recognize the signs of negative energy in a house and work on them to neutralize them or turn them into positive ones. Such as keeping the living space clean and in order, decluttering, removing/fixing broken things, airing the interiors, and sprucing it up.
Negative energy is known to be very clingy and may not be easy to get rid of. However, the rewards of neutralizing them or replacing them with positive energy are too great to ignore. Turn around your life to positivity and reap the benefits forever.
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