Negativity can be found wherever you are, without even looking for it. Putting things in place that help you block out negativity will lead to your long-term happiness and productivity where it is required.
These are all based on things that you can do by yourself and for yourself, without finding what you need to block out negativity outside yourself, like buying things.
I am sure that there are more things out there, but these are based on personal experience.
What Causes Negativity?
You can always control your attitude and reactions. Negativity comes in the form of relationships, work and the environments we put ourselves in daily. It is usually a result of depression, fear and/or insecurity.
Whatever caused these feelings are what you need to analyse and improve on. Do not let negativity become a habit as it can be dangerous for all aspects of your life in future.
1. Exercise When You Can
Exercise is one of the best methods of blocking out negativity. You can use exercise as a means of releasing endorphins which make you feel better. It also improves your confidence and self-esteem, which are opposites of the causes of negativity.
Train at least 3 times a week or at least 10 minutes every day to provide a needed boost in your positive energy. Try what works for you to get the most out of exercising, it can come in the form of:
- Strength Training
2. Play Your Favourite Music
Music improves your mood. It also helps you focus on something you need to be productive in. Use music to block out the noise in the environment you’re working in and the negative noise going on inside your head. Buy earphones/headphones that won’t damage your hearing or leave you with an ear infection.
Blast the good music in your headphones when you need to focus on something and prevent negative thoughts. PS: I don’t mean literally blast, sort of.
3. Practice Gratitude Daily
This requires you to actively look for things to be grateful for. I saw a recent meme that said “I woke up today in a bed, have a roof above my head and I have got food to eat, I am blessed and grateful”.
This is how simple gratitude can be, it is a valuable tool in the long run. When you start to feel negative energy surrounding you, take a step back, be aware of things to be grateful for that you have and that are around you.
4. Stay in the Moment
When you become aware of the negative energy, look around you and use your senses to take in your environment. Take time to discover what caused you to be negative. Analyse if it is something you can change in the moment, if not, focus on what you can change in the moment.
5. Positive Affirmations
Continuously feeding your mind with positive affirmations is something that beats the habit of your negative thoughts. We all have negative talk, become aware of it and combat it with something positive in that aspect. Consistent negativity becomes a habit, so can positivity.
Believe in Something Greater than Yourself
People speak of manifestation, some meditate and others pray. Personally, I’d say I try all three and see what works for you.
Manifestation is the things you see and speak in theory into existence through the universe with the plans and actions that you put in place.
Meditation is the practice of mindfulness which will help you become more aware of your negativity and with the tips above you will know what you can do about it.
Praying to (a) God helps you understand when something is out of your control. It frees the burden you’re carrying, even so slightly to have a better outlook on the way forward. Believing in something or someone greater than you, helps you believe that you won’t get through your feelings, alone.
Feel what you’re feeling, but then let it go into whatever you believe in when it is out of your control. Do the best you can to do that each time you feel negative energy.
It is a long process blocking out negativity, because it is always there, especially during the lockdown period we had. It is also because negativity becomes a habit if you let it.
Open your mind and become aware of your negative thoughts and self-talk and then do something about it, that way you break the cycle, which is ultimately what you’re trying to do.