Spending time with people that exude negative vibes can be draining. Before you realize it, you could be absorbing the negative energies of your surroundings too. Unfortunately, most people notice when it is too late, wishing they could have taken steps to protect their aura much earlier. So, this guide presents eight ways to protect your energy, especially from negativity. That way, you can live a positive and productive lifestyle regardless of your surroundings.
Why Should You Protect Your Energy?
A lot of people around us exude negative energy. And they suck the positive energy out of anyone they meet. We refer to such individuals as psychic or energy vampires. You can tell you are encountering an energy vampire when you feel drained or exhausted when around them.
An energy vampire will turn your bubbly day into a gloomy one in seconds. You may even get a sudden anxiety attack or feel sick when around such persons. Most common energy vampires include the blamer, guilty trippers, narcissist, drama queen or king, the victim, and passive-aggressive persons.
So How Do You Protect Your Energy?
#1: Screen and distance yourself from sources of negative emotions
Negative energies can emanate from us, people around us, or objects in our surroundings. By identifying where these negative emotions come from, you can distance yourself anytime you feel vulnerable. For example, when experiencing a sudden mood swing, find out what could have triggered your negative emotions.
Negative energies from you are much easier to manage. However, if the negative feelings are from those near you, you must realize that it is not your burden to carry. Hence, you can protect your energy by physically leaving that toxic environment. Take a walk, distract yourself, or do anything else that will give you ample space away from the source of the negative energy.
#2: Stick to your boundaries
What triggers negative emotions in you? Once you know this, set healthy boundaries that will keep such triggers at bay. For example, if a partner or family member treats you in ways that drain you, develop healthy boundaries in your relationship that allow you to interact without compromising your mental and emotional wellbeing. Plus, learn to say no to people who try to stretch your limits.
#3: Practice deep breathing and meditation
Deep breathing and meditation techniques are great ways of combating negative emotions, especially when you feel overwhelmed. Take a few minutes of your spare time to regulate your breathing and reset your thinking.
Alternatively, find a quiet spot at home or at the workplace where you can sit and meditate. Here, concentrate on something different to block any negative thoughts invading your mind. That way, you make room for positive views and energy in your life.
#4: Use visualization techniques
Did you know that you can use imagination to see yourself as immune to negativity? You can block negative vibes by changing what you believe about yourself. Hence, if you imagine yourself not succumbing to negative energy, such vibrations will find it difficult to penetrate your mind. Still, using visualization techniques requires a lot of practice. But, once you master the techniques, they will be worth the effort.
#5: Shake off the negative energies
When negative vibes succeed in penetrating your life, visualize this energy leaving your system and the remaining void filling up with positive energy. Likewise, take a quick shower or a long scented bath to freshen up and relax before getting into bed. You will have a restful sleep instead of tossing and turning as you struggle with the negative energy in your body.
#6: Be mindful of who or what you accept in your life
What kind of people do you accept in your life? How do they impact you in the long term? Prevent getting involved with excessive negative energy by being conscious of what you welcome in your life.
Still, some family members, friends, and colleagues exuding negativity may be impossible to keep off since they are necessary for your current phase of life. So, learn to manage such people and the negativities they bring in your life. Be clear with them on what you are willing to accept and what you will not tolerate.
#7: Manage your reactions to negativity
How do you respond to negative people or thoughts? Remind yourself that you owe no one the duty of taking up their negative energies. Also, know that it is not your responsibility to change anyone with negativity. Hence, respond to their negativity in a way that serves you. For example, diffuse the negative vibes with a positive response from you. Such acts are enough to make the person think of their negativity.
#8: Use grounding techniques to stay in control
When surrounded by persons with negativity, they always find a way to drain everyone around them. Take charge before they dampen your moods too. For example, change the topic of discussion to a positive one, suggest an activity that everyone can enjoy, or come up with ideas that shift the focus from the negativity.
In addition, use grounding techniques to increase your awareness of the energy vampires around you. They include:
- Practice Prithvi Mudra
- Communicate with nature
- Drink water
- Include red and orange fruits and vegetables in your diet
- Describe your surrounding
- Practice mindful meditation
- Play a memory game
- Think of a silly joke
- Recite anchoring phrases
- Think of a task you do frequently
- Imagine talking or seeing someone you love
- Spend time with your pet
- Show yourself compassion
- List your favorite hobbies, meals, songs, movies, books, or holiday destinations
- Touch a furry blanket, soft carpet, socks, or anything comforting
- Listen to your favorite music playlist
- Recite your favorite song, movie phrase, or spiritual texts
- Use the 5-4-3-2-1 sensory method to notice things in your surrounding
As you find ways to protect your energy, never let the opinions of others weigh you down. Energy vampires, especially narcissists or judgmental vampires, will drain you through their biased sentiments. Remember, as the chief architect of your life, only you have a say in your life. Hence, you can always sieve out negative opinions from others and replace them with positive affirmations. Finally, strive to be the best version of yourself always.