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  • Writer's pictureAnna Conrad

How to Distance Yourself From Toxicity

As we step into 2024, it's crucial to reflect on the influence of our social environment on our personal and professional lives. Research increasingly underscores the profound impact that people in our lives can have on our well-being and success. This influence can either be a springboard to achieving our aspirations or a hindrance that drags us down.

Recent studies have illuminated some startling realities. Did you know that emotions such as depression can be 'contagious' within social networks? Similar patterns have been observed with obesity and even the likelihood of divorce. These findings suggest that the company we keep doesn't just influence our mood; it can significantly shape our life outcomes. Here are some things you can do to distance yourself from toxicity:

Unfollow Negativity on Social Media. Social media, often a hub of unfiltered emotions, can be a significant source of negativity. Delve into your social media accounts with a critical eye. Identify and unfollow or mute accounts that consistently spark negative emotions. This step isn't just about avoiding negativity; it's about consciously curating an inspiring digital space.

Rethink Your Social Engagements. Scrutinize your upcoming social calendar. Are there engagements that fill you with dread? Canceling plans isn't just about avoiding discomfort; it's an act of self-care and prioritizing your mental well-being. Use the freed-up time to engage in activities that align with your goals, professional development, or personal relaxation.

Implement a 'People Filter' in Communications. Your email inbox should be a space of productivity, not stress. Establish filters for emails from individuals who consistently cause anxiety. This approach allows you to engage with these communications on your terms, perhaps at a designated time when you feel most prepared to handle them.

Cultivate a Circle of Growth-Oriented Individuals. Once you've created space by distancing yourself from negativity, actively seek out and nurture relationships with people who inspire, challenge, and support you. These could be mentors, colleagues, or friends who share your aspirations and values.

The journey toward achieving your goals in 2024 is as much about the external influences you allow in your life as it is about your internal drive. By consciously shaping your social environment, you can create a more supportive and inspiring path to success. Remember, the quality of your relationships directly impacts the quality of your life and work. Let's make 2024 a year of positive influence and remarkable achievements.


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