Are you Catching Bad Energy Germs?
While that’s certainly not a bad thing when you’re surrounded by giggling babies and happy shiny people (more of that please!), it’s definitely NOT a good thing if most of the people you’re around are cynical, critical, argumentative, or angry.
Now, unless you’ve been living on a deserted island for the past few months, unplugged from the internet and cut off from any news (gee, that sounds nice :)), you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Whether it’s coming at us from our coworkers, our well meaning friends or family members, our social media feeds, and especially the news – these days we are being bombarded with negativity and downright divisiveness.
Everyone has an opinion
Everyone’s side is “more right” than the other side. And no matter what side of the argument you are on – even if you are somewhere in the middle – anything you say or post is up for attack.
Things are hot and super HEAVY out there… and there’s no telling when it will simmer down.
Which is precisely why it’s up to each of us to keep calm and COOL on the inside.
Because what’s going on around you, has no business getting inside you.
Especially when we recognize that like all moments in time, this too shall pass.
And there will probably be more of frustrating and divisive moments in the future, as everything in life is cyclical…ebbs and flows, ups and downs.
Times like these are a great reminder that we don’t always have control over our own circumstances, let alone what’s going on around us, but we do always have control over our response to them.
Energy and attitudes are contagious
Even when we have the best intensions, it can be easy to get sucked in, and to catch everyone else’s energygerms.
I think of it like catching a cold.
If you’re around someone with a cold, and you’re not protecting yourself from the constant coughing and sneezing, it’s only a matter of time before you end up with a cold yourself.
And if you’re around 20, 30, or hundreds of people every day who have colds, well…
You get the point.
You need to protect yourself! That is, if you don’t want to go around catching everybody else’s energy germs.
We’re all susceptible, and maybe sometimes even culpable.
Yes, I admit that this article is as much for you as it is for me!
So then, how do we protect ourselves?
I’ve got a few ideas!
Hint: you’re going to have to get in touch with yourfeelings.
So, what I’ve discovered in my own life, and by working closely with clients, is that a lot of the time we go through our days on autopilot. We have our basic schedule, our To-Do lists, and maybe some free time. But still, most of that time, whether scheduled or not, we are just “going through the motions”.
Do this. Do that. Go there. Repeat.
If things end up going as planned, we consider it a good day.
But if things or people get in the way of our plans – make us late, cut us off in traffic, disagree with us, challenge us, or upset us in any way, then we consider it less than a good day. We might even consider it a bad day!
It’s sad really, when you think about it – most of us are allowing OTHERS to dictate our mood.
We are often RE-acting instead of purposefully acting.
And when we allow our moods and feelings, and what we consider “good days” to be determined by things or people we can’t control, then we are essentially weakening our mental and spiritual immune system, and making ourselves super susceptible to energy germs. ?
That’s a lose-lose situation right there.
And the only win-win situation is when you take back control of your feelings.
Here is how you can begin living ON PURPOSE, not on accident or “in reaction to.”
3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Energy Germs
1. Be more selective of your surroundings
You have every right to be selective with how, where, and with whom you spend your time and energy. It’s your life. And it’s up to you to protect the space around you – your energy filed.
If you haven’t done so already, you’ll find that when you become more selective, you automatically spend less time or attention on people or things that trigger you. You know who and what your triggers are! But if you’re not so sure anymore, begin paying attention to how you feel when you’re around certain people, or when you hear or read certain news stories or social media posts.
When you know your triggers, do your best to avoid them.
2. Watch less news
If news is one of your triggers, which for most of us it is, then just stop watching and reading so much of it. And if you’re not so sure that it’s one of your triggers, try purposely avoiding any news for 3 days in a row and see how you differently you feel.
I’m not saying you need to isolate yourself from reality or be completely ignorant and uninformed. It just means you don’t have to be consumed by news all day, every day, 24 hours a day. There was a time you know, when news was only on 2 or 3 times per day, for about an hour each time. Even I’m “young enough to remember those days! And believe it or not, we all survived without knowing what the “breaking news” was every hour.
3. Pay more attention to YOU
And pay less attention to them! Seem obvious? Well maybe. But not many people seem to be doing it these days. And they’re really missing out on an opportunity to “know thyself” better, and to enjoy their lives more.
Because how can you FULLY enjoy your life when you are so wrapped up in someone else’s?
I have found that when you focus on what YOU believe, and what you feel is right for you, instead of investing so much time in what others believe, then what everyone else says and does just matters less to you. And not in an arrogant way. It’s just that when you are busy tending to your own desires, your own goals, your own business… and when you are busy enjoying your life, you just don’t have time for the opinions and “goings-ons” of others.
So find something fun to do! Schedule more you-time – time doing things you really love…things that make you feel good…things that help you focus on yourself. For me that’s exercise and journalling. It’s also spa days, whenever possible!
What is it for you?
Whatever it is, do more of that!
One of my mentors, Esther Hicks, says that we can tell if we are on the right track – in our decisions and behaviors – by the way we feel. If it makes us feel good, we’re on the right track. If it makes us feel stressed, angry, combative, sad, superior, or inferior, we’re on the wrong track.
Let your feelings be your guide
So, over the next few days I challenge you to strengthen your mental and emotional immune system by finding and feeling ways to purposefully protect yourself from negative energy or personal triggers – block those energy germs!
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