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Let go of the past
It is true, we learn from our past mistakes (well, at least we’re supposed to). But one thing is to learn from our past and move on and is another thing to dwell on the past and waddle in the quagmire of negativity. Learn to see the fact that the past is the past. Plain and simple. There is nothing you can do to change it, dress it, keep it, erase it, or any other form of alteration. So if there is nothing you can do about the past, why waste valuable energy trying to do so? Instead, focus on your present and strive for your future. You will find yourself more fulfilled and productive when you allocate all the wasted energy of dwelling on the past into doing something about the now.
Learn how to listen
Listening is one of the best ways to cope with negativity in the workplace. Just like you, your colleagues are also in constant need of a sounding board. During group discussions, learn to hear other people out as much as you speak out your ideas. This will improve your relationship with them and help prevent situations that may draw negativity.
Recognize your fallibility and humanity
It takes a dose of humility to accept the fact that you too are capable of contributing to the negativity around you. If you learn to accept your humanness, you will become more tolerant of other’s negativity and one of the best weapons against negativity is tolerance. Tolerance however, does not mean acceptance. Always strive to create a positive environment by being a positive person.
Spend some time thinking about the positive things in your life
Spend some time alone every day and think about the positive aspects of your life. It’s easy to get bogged down by the obvious negatives, but when you stop and think about your life, it will be obvious that you indeed have a lot to be thankful for.
Take a time out or walk away by yourself
When you are confronted with a very stressful situation and you feel that you are about to lose control and give in to negative emotions, take a “time-out” and go for a walk. Aside from the fact that walking reduces the amount of stress chemicals in your body, it also prevents you from boiling over and saying things out of anger.