Sunday, July 15, 2012

6WS - Beware the negativity bug, it's contagious

Have you ever read something for one reason or another and found a snippet of amazing, yet unexpected wisdom contained within its depths?

Quite simply - People with bad attitudes are just as contagious as the flu....

That said, try these tips for avoiding the flu which I modified for the next time you find yourself dealing with someone who's suffering from the 'negativity bug' whether they're angry, depressed, or otherwise just oozing negativity;

1. Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are negative. When you are feeling negative, keep your distance from others to help protect them from getting negative too.
2. Stay home when you are negative
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are negative. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your ears and eyes
Cover your ears and eyes when someone else is being negative to prevent yourself picking up the 'bug'. Or alternatively walk away from the person or situation.
4. Keep your thoughts clear
Purge the negative thoughts from your mind and do everything that you can to reinforce your thoughts with positive replacements.
5. Avoid associating with other people suffering from 'negativity'
Negativity is often spread when a person says something that is contaminated with negativity and then the bug spreads from person to person. Don’t engage in negative chatter
6. Practice other good healthy habits
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. Keep your emotional balance by tuning in to your body. Deepen your breathing, and notice any sensations that arise within you. Eliminate the negative sensations by replacing with 'feel good' ones.

Hope your staying happy and healthy and away from the 'Negativity Bug'

Cheers, Fi

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  1. You may be right.
    Or are you?
    I'm not sure.
    Maybe not.
    I don't know.
    Now look what you've done :(


  2. Oh this is all just wonderful advice. More people need to follow it. Thanks.

  3. Good advice! Negativity seems to be rampant these days. Hope many many people read your advice and follow it!

  4. Sound advice Fi. Must be why I keep so active!

  5. you are so very right!! negativity is toxic....

  6. You must be a lovely person to be around. I like your advice.

  7. Living with a bi-polar husband I often find myself exposed to the negativity bug. I used to catch it often! I like your ideas of avoiding contact and practicing healthy habits. I am working now on trying to find a kind way to leave my husband alone when negativity sets in. I've found that a walk does wonders. He'll often ask to go with me, and I've found that his mood improves with the exercise, too. Sometimes just a change of scenery can really help.


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