5 Ways to Stay Happy, Healthy and Sane among Negative Coworkers

Being able to enjoy your workday is about a lot more than just the actual requirements of your job. Your co-workers, the people who surround you every day, can play a significant role in your emotional well being, and particularly, in how you feel about your job and the company you work for. Some of those coworkers may be negative and unhappy, but you don't have to let that mentality rub off on you.

Here are five things you can do to keep yourself feeling happy, healthy, and sane around negative coworkers.

1. Remember that it's not personal

People who go around negative all the time may make it feel like they're taking it out on you, or like you've done something wrong. Don't take what they do or say personally. Their anger or negativity comes from their own problems and perception of the world, and doesn't really have anything to do with you. It can be hard to ignore a negative person, but it's very important that you don't internalize that negativity.

2. Provide support and solutions when you can

While you don't want to become your coworkers' therapist, there are certainly times when you can provide honest support or a true solution to a serious situation. If you can do so comfortably, without stressing yourself out, you may keep yourself and the negative coworker happier, and that can be to everyone's benefit. Just be sure you set good boundaries, and don't offer more help than you can adequately give.

3. Seek out positive people

Surely, not all of your coworkers are negative. Seek out the ones that aren't, and spend time with them. That can help you find balance, and can also give you a break from the negativity of some of the people you work around. Even a short break to interact with more positive people can really brighten your mood and help you feel better about your work environment.

4. Focus on the precious, present moment

Take a deep breath. Focus on yourself, and the current moment. If you stay centered and focused throughout the day, you won't have room for the negativity coworkers are trying to bring into your life. Most of the negativity you'll encounter is anger over past issues, or fear over future issues. When you stay in the moment, there isn't room to be concerned about the past or the future, and that helps keep negativity at bay.

5. Know that your response is up to you

Ultimately, you can't control what negative coworkers do. The only thing you have control over is yourself. Keep that in mind, and make sure you respond to your negative coworkers in a way that's comfortable for you. It's not necessary to get pulled into drama, and you can choose to stay positive and happy even if there is negativity around you. It can't touch you unless you invite it in, so don't put out your welcome mat.


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