How to Combat Negativity & Build Self Esteem

“Surround yourself with people who are really good and really passionate about what they do regardless of what it is…positivity and passion make a powerful combination.”

Rachael Bermingham

Surrounding yourself with positive people who sincerely wish the best for you can do wonders to increase your self-esteem. Feelings of hope and love are magnetic and before you know it they’ll lift your spirit and create a mood that can also bring comfort to another.  Pause for a moment to identify who these people are in your life. Some of us have many, while others may have just one but often that’s all it takes to remind you of how great you are.

What are tips for expanding my support group?

Look for local meet ups or activities where you can meet others who share your positive attitude. Have you recently overcome a life challenge or discovered a new passion? Chances are you aren’t the only one. Join a group for empowering women, entrepreneurs, new moms, hiking, cooking, music –whatever moves you. Through sharing your experiences you can inspire another, as well as benefit from someone else’s insight.

How can I remain positive around negative people?

It’s always a good idea to try and minimize your interaction with negative people.  If someone engages you in negative conversation politely respond in a positive manner and end the conversation. When a person recognizes that you will not feed into their negative energy, more often than not, they leave you alone. By holding your ground and staying true to your positive self, you can inadvertently cause the listener to thoughtfully reassess how they view the world.

Finding peace in the present:

Take time each day simply to “be” in the moment. In centering yourself you will gain the positive energy you need to approach life with a fresh mind. Still your mind from what you have to do tomorrow or the anxiety of what you didn’t do yesterday. One of the easiest ways to do this is to sit still, close your eyes and focus on the sound of your breathing. Listen to the air as you inhale and feel the oxygen filling your lungs. Then as you slowly exhale hear the air as it slowly exits your being. By focusing on the present, you can minimize the negative energy that results from worrying about the future or the past.

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