Tips For Coping with Difficult People

Everyone has someone difficult in their lives. It could be a family member, a friend or a coworker. There’s the drama queen - this person lives and breathes drama (his or her own or someone else’s). Nothing is a simply reaction - everything is an overreaction.

Then there’s the complainer - the person who never seems to be happy or satisfied with anything or anyone. They continually gripe. There’s the dream killer. Whatever dream you want to do or you’re excited about, they’re going to tell you everything that’s going to go wrong and give you case after case of people who tried and flopped.

You might have a perfectionist in your life, or a know it all - or someone who’s sarcastic or ridicules people. You may have that person who makes hurtful, snide remarks then says they were just joking.

Regardless of the type of difficult person you have to deal with, the results are the same. They drain your mental energy and if you’re not careful, you can find yourself being affected by some of their habits.

There are ways that you can have a solid plan for self care in place so that these people don’t get to impact your mental well-being. If someone is spewing negativity, or they’re railing about something that you know has the power to affect you, first, take a deep breath and slowly let it out to center yourself.

Then, ask yourself if there’s any truth to the statements or situation. If there is, decide if it impacts your happiness, finances, relationships, or your job. If the answer is no, let it go.

There’s no need to jump into the middle of drama that’s not yours. If the difficult person is bringing or creating a situation that does have something to do with you, ask yourself if you can change it.

If so, ask what the best way to deal with it is. If there’s no action that you can take then let it go. Trying to solve the unsolvable is a recipe for success. Recognize that sometimes, there is no closure and you simply have to move on, leaving things as is.

Don’t engage with difficult people who are just looking to complain, insult or tear you down. It’s not your battle. Let them be angry or miserable and don’t take on that burden.
With good self care habits, there should be firm boundaries in place for dealing with difficult people.

You can say that you don’t want to hear something if it’s negative or gossipy or you know it’s not going to serve a good purpose in your life. You can also state that there’s nothing you can do if a difficult person is pressing you for help you don’t have or don’t want to give.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t help the other person. Walk away from difficult people that are negatively impacting your life. Go and recuperate from the stress by relaxing and rejuvenating yourself with something positive that nurtures you.

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Coping with Politics

With every election, people on both sides of the political fence feel the effect of whether their pick wins or loses. Sometimes, an election can be particularly stressful and when that happens, the stress can manifest outwardly with physical and emotional ailments.

Some people report feeling anxious or depressed. Politics always brings out the worst in people and that can spill over into the office atmosphere, in numerous places on social media and among friends or family.

People have been bombarded with conversations centered around the division among political parties as well as among those who support those parties. This constant bathing in negativity can cause a lot of inner turmoil.

You may find yourself experiencing the same health issues as if you had the flu or other physically draining sickness. Knowing how you can cope with politics is the best path to self care in today’s political climate.

By learning how to take care of yourself, you’ll be able to manage your level of stress and get through the emotional turmoil. You may find yourself exposed to a constant barrage of loud, negative and pushy people or exposed to name-calling and opinions online that make you feel edgy and upset.

What you must do is first realize that just because there’s chaos all around you, it doesn’t mean it has to reside within you. You can find calm in the midst of a political storm.

Begin by acknowledging what’s true for you - the ideals that you stand for, the morals that you have, and you will find peace. By showing kindness instead of anger, mercy instead of judgment and listening instead of shouting, you take back control of your own emotions.

The political upheaval won’t be a trigger for you anymore because you’ll be grounded within yourself. Search yourself and cling to your values. Let that be your focus, on what’s good and uplifting rather than on what’s divisive and hate-filled.

When you do come across an article or a conversation that’s negative and you know it’s going to be filled with anger, you don’t have to engage. You can leave the conversation. You can stop reading the article.

Fires die out when there’s nothing fueling them. Just because someone’s shouting from the rooftops doesn’t mean you can’t move beyond earshot. Stop reading the news. Regardless of your political affiliation, the news is often filled with sarcasm, mean spirited writing, hateful comments and words designed to agitate readers, listeners and viewers in order stir people up so the site or station builds traffic.

Don’t let the chaos online be the determining factor of what you think and feel. Replace the negative with the positive. Turn off the hate and listen to something that brings enjoyment to you, like an audiobook.

Seek out activities that makes you laugh. Listen to music and not talk radio. Share your worries about the political environment with friends who can help you feel balanced. Spend time helping others or engaging in things that keep your mind off what you can’t change in that very moment.

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 Cheers, Helene Malmsio

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