A quickly learned fact of life is about the ebb and flow of energy. Another thing that is quickly learned is that external influences can affect our energy state. Positive energy is absolutely contagious, but so are negative energies. It is this understanding that allows us to be proactive in determining our mood and energy. Thus, negative energies and positive energies will always be part of our life. Keep reading because here we will give you some tips to help you balance that aspect and achieve a balance between these two energies of duality.

Energy also has a multiplier effect. If we are in a good mood and in a positive state of mind, we are much more likely to remain in this state. But again, the same is true for negative energies . This is why it is so important to vigilantly protect ourselves from being sucked into a “vortex” of negativity.

For those who have been in a negative work environment, for example, they have felt the underlying tension and collective unhappiness that permeates a group of people. It is no coincidence that more than 75% of people hate what they do at work.

Signs of negative energies that you should clean in yourself and in your environment

Unfortunately, a cycle of negativity happens to almost everyone. The good news is that we can all learn to cleanse this energy. Ask any practitioner of mindfulness or meditation – these people are masters at not allowing their environment or other circumstances to dictate their mood.

With that said, we are going to discuss some signs that it may be time to remove negative energies in yourself and your environment. We are also going to give some tips on what one can do to counteract the effects of negativity.

1. Constant complaints about a certain situation

Certain situations can invoke more toxic energy than others. The workplace is probably the most common environment where this happens. It can also be in a relationship or in the company of certain people. These people find in the complaint a form of relief and a way to “vent.”

Solution: Get out of the situation as soon as possible.

Simply put, complaining so much drains our positive energy and replaces it with negativity. Whatever situation may be causing us to take a more gloomy and pessimistic outlook, it must be expelled from our lives.

If the workplace happens to be the source of this negativity, refuse to be sucked into other people’s complaints. If we find ourselves complaining, we must refuse to participate in such thoughts.

2. Constant feeling of being angry or nervous

When anger becomes a persistent emotion, it is detrimental to our physical and mental health. Stress caused by feelings of anger or nervousness outweighs any other emotion. Therefore, it is important to eliminate or minimize anger through taking some type of action.

Solution: be emotionally aware.

We all have the ability to identify and label an emotion before it takes hold. We do this by actively observing our emotions and taking action if necessary. Taking ownership of our thoughts and feelings is the first step. So, we have to relax our body and mind in order to avoid the “fight or flight” response. Finally, assess what prompted these feelings and take the appropriate action.

3. Persistent feelings of anxiety and / or depression

Feelings of anxiety and depression are among the two most commonly reported symptoms in the world. Doctors are seen more by people suffering from anxiety and depression than by all other illnesses combined. Constantly feeling anxious or depressed is a negative energy force that must be addressed.

Solution: Practice mindful meditation

While doctors are too eager to prescribe some type of antidepressant or anxiety medication, it is often not necessary. In fact, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a pioneering study finding meditation to be as effective, if not more, than prescription drugs in treating anxiety and depression.

4. Interactions with people become difficult or exhausting

When we are in a negative cycle, normal interactions with other people can become mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. This is because we are too involved and engaged in our own inner monologue to accommodate the added stimulus that the conversation brings.

Solution: Practice active listening.

On the surface, this may sound like a strange recommendation. However, active listening practice is beneficial in a couple of different ways. First, the practice draws our attention outward rather than inward, which is where negative energy resides. Second, it can effectively replace the underlying anxiety, preparing us to respond, ask questions, etc.

5. Increasingly critical of ourselves and others

Negativity has a deceptive effect on how we view ourselves and others. The simplest explanation is that negative energies require a release, and since we are often among others, people become easy targets. When we are alone, this negative energy can often cause us to turn that criticism on ourselves to the last perceived flaw.

Solution: Acknowledge and then stop

As with many other forms of negative energy, criticism has a multiplier effect. When we are actively criticizing ourselves or others, we often go only on autopilot, which is effectively separated from control. Recognizing and labeling the presence of criticism, we take this control again. We can then refuse to collaborate with the useless thoughts and emotions that criticism summons.

6. Seeking isolation more often

When we are caught in a cycle of negative energy, many people have a desire to isolate themselves from loved ones. While doing it for some time is healthy, it is unhealthy to experience a sudden desire for seclusion, especially if this was not the case before.

Solution: Know that people care

Perhaps the most unfortunate effects of being in a negative cycle are feelings of separation from everyone else. This often results in family and friends becoming increasingly concerned about the condition of their loved one. Understanding and acknowledging the love and concern of those close to us is often enough motivation to reciprocate feelings, as difficult as it may be.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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