• Mariza Villarreal

Dealing With Negativity

Dealing With Negativity

Nobody wants to be around a Negative Nancy. Why? Negativity is contagious, the same way positivity is. The only difference is, for some reason, it’s much easier to be swayed toward negativity than toward positivity. 

Whether you are dealing with negativity from a loved one, in the work place, or concerning a new business venture, they all tend to have the same affect. Negativity can affect your mood, your state of mind, and cause you to begin to be drained when you are trying to stay positive in the middle of it all. 

Let me let you in on a secret: When you can’t change the negative influence, you can change the way you deal with it. 

Sometimes situations, people’s reactions, and even other peoples attitudes can’t be changed at all by you. In these cases you want to make sure you are a pro at deal with negativity in order to keep your own sanity. 

So how do you deal with it?

Be Prepared:

Some of the worst days for me are the ones that catch me off guard. Have you ever had a day like that? When you wake up feeling good, having high expectations for the day, then it seems like you are the only one in the world who woke up on the right side of the bed. Every person you encounter in every direction seems to be a Negative Nancy. A Negative Ned.

These are the times you need to be prepared for. You have to make up in your mind early that no matter what, you are going to find the positive in whatever you are doing or coming up against. Preparing yourself by making this decision can make it much easier to ignore everybody else’s negativity. 

React Positively:

This is easier said than done. Nothing is harder to me than trying to be the bigger person when someone is clearly in the wrong and a complete and utter horrible person in that moment. Do the kind thing anyway. At the end of the day, you want to rub off on them instead of the other way around. (And even if you don’t it tends to irritate people so much more than when you respond negatively, which makes me laugh.)

Remove Yourself from the Environment:

When possible, simply remove yourself from the situation. You don’t HAVE to sit there in a negative environment and slowly feel all your positivity drain from your body. You can chose not to have that conversation right now. Make a choice to put yourself in the most ideal environment in the moment to keep your composure and sanity. 

Ignore It:

This last one is another one that is easier said than done. Depending on where you negativity comes from, simply ignore it. It would take more energy from you to respond or react than it would to move on without even acknowledging it. Trust me, it can be very difficult, but it’s more rewarding to keep it moving and keep your positive energy than to have your whole attitude be flushed down the toilet for the day.

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