When I came across this message it really hit home, especially given what's going on across the world right now.
I'm a fairly extroverted person. I pride myself on being strong-minded. I'm loud and not afraid to ever speak my mind. I know who I am and what I stand for but I also know that if I don't stay self-aware then I have the tendency to feed off of other people's energy. When things are going well this is amazing, I can feel myself getting higher and higher but in times like these, it can be disastrous.
You can't walk into a room or open up Facebook without someone sharing the latest news article on COVID-19 or giving their opinion on everything they think is going wrong. Rants about panic buying and scaremongering. It's everywhere. It's anxiety-inducing and for some, it can be crippling. For me, all it takes is for one negative thought to creep too far in and it sets the wheels in motion.
I'm a firm believer in the law of attraction. What you put out into the universe, it comes back to you multiplied. So quite simply when you start feeding off of other people's negativity it's all you seem to attract into your life. I ask if you find yourself ranting, bitching or going down that rabbit hole of unsavory thoughts then just stop and pause for a moment, think how is this serving you? Reframe and start again.
For some, they can just easily switch the brain off and not engage but for me, I need a more practical solution. Over the years I've learned when I feel my energy dipping I need to stop putting myself in whatever that situation is. Whether that be stepping away from a social setting, a person or just simply block and delete. Because of this over the years my circle has gotten smaller but I've learnt that it's ok. Time is precious and life is a gift so I don't allow myself to spend it worrying or obsessing over things I can't control. I have no control over other peoples actions but I have become more aware of the words I say and the actions I take, how they can so easily impact others. Life isn't always roses and sunshine, it's okay to feel sad, it's normal to feel worried but I ask that you be more mindful and intentional with your thoughts and actions, especially at a time like this when everyone is a little more fragile.
Stay safe, lots of love