We all have people in our lives that act as cheerleaders and who are great for our self esteem. We also often have people around us who bring us down.
Maybe it’s a particular place or situation that makes you feel inadequate or self conscious.
When you know who and what they are, you can guard against them and if possible avoid them.
Be Aware Of Negative Energy
Your self-confidence takes the biggest hit when you are unaware of the person or situation you’re walking into.
When you feel blind-sided, it hurts, it and it’s hard to recover and rebuild your self esteem and courage.
I like to think of how these people, places, and situations affect us as negative energy.
Your first task is to become aware of this negative energy and realize where it’s coming from before it hits you.
By simply being aware, you avoid being surprised. Try it.
Guard Against It And Neutralize It
Once you are aware of what or who is bringing you down, you can start to guard against it.
One way of doing this is to expect it before going in and realizing what’s causing it.
For example, if your cousin always gives you a hard time about your weight, it may help to realize that she’s putting you down because she’s not happy with her own life.
If you feel judged at a local club by a group of people, it helps to know that they may be doing it to make themselves feel better.
Of course, another way to guard yourself is to do what you can avoid interacting with the people that bring you down and of course, avoiding the places and situations that make you feel bad.
Adjust Your Life As Needed
Last but not least, completely avoiding people, places, and situations that will bring you down is always an option.
If you know a conversation with your sister will make you feel less confident, or you feel judged when going to a certain bar or club, avoid those people and places for now.
I’m not saying you have to cut them out indefinitely. Instead, take a break and focus on building up your confidence and your self-esteem.
When you’re ready, when you feel more confident and courageous, you can go back to spending time with those people or hanging out at those places and see how it goes.
Often the experience may become completely different for you, when you approach it in a confident manner.