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Till quite some time back I believed that only two kinds of people exist- good and not so good, till I witnessed some ‘toxic’ relationships and concluded that yes! people can be ‘toxic’.

By definition it means a charismatic person who has an innate ‘talent’ to bleed mayhem of their lives into yours, having them around causes you immense stress & confusion and before you know they get control over your thinking.

So how do you tackle such people…

Evaluate

For a toxic person your presence in their lives is just to suit their needs. Remember, that you are easily replacable for them. Such people mainly crave attention and would go any extent to suck you into their point-less drama. Guage such situations and don’t mistake a genuine friend’s attempt to consult you with their feelings to that of a toxic person’s.

Bottom Line: You have the power to eliminate such extreme negative emotions to engulf your mind.

Get Thick Skinned

A lot of people may take this suggestion otherwise but not many of us know what ‘getting thick skinned’ actually means. A thick skinned person has the sensibility to differentiate between healthy & toxic criticism. They do not let cruel remarks of toxic people bother them. One needs to be sensitive as well as strong and hence a balance between thin and thick skinned is the best to have.

Bottom Line: Stay calm and do not get over-emotional.

Focus On Your Goals

Like I said, toxic people thrive on chaos but successful people do not spend time dwelling over negative emotions. Instead, they have goals set for themselves and they channelize all their energies towards achieving them.

Bottom Line: Avoid distractions.

Be Self Assured

There are many people around us who do not have our well-being at heart- why let their words affect our own sense of accomplishment. Be sure of your potential, contended with yourself and do not react to the opinions of such ‘attention seeking’ shallow individuals.

Bottom Line: Be genuinely confident.

Forgive But Not Forget

You forgive someone mainly because your peace of mind is at stake. Only an emotionally intelligent person, who does not wish to be burdened by the mistakes of others, can be forgiving.

Bottom Line: Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

Do Not Talk About Them to Anyone... Not Even To Yoursef

If you do not want these miserable people to find their ways into your lives, then refrain from gossiping about them to anyone or thinking too much about them.

Bottom Line: This way you will not spread more toxicity.

Raise Your Positivism

Misery loves company and toxic people like to spread negativity amongst the people they encounter. It is during such situations; one should remain positive and have faith that there is more to life than just this.

Bottom Line: There is no greater gift then be able to design/create your own healthy surrounding.

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Written by Megha Agarwal , PGDM from Kirloskar Institute Of Advanced Management Studies | PGDHRM from Symbiosis | Graduation in Microbiology (Hons) from Delhi University
Marketing enthusiast by profession, with the love for interacting with consumers to understand their psychology towards any brand/product. Through my articles, I intend to help all those who are looking for inspiration and happiness in life.

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