How to Stop Being an Emotional Sponge

Are you attracting people who bring the drama? You might find yourself acting as an emotional sponge, soaking up their negative energy. Over time, you could feel exhausted, drained, and simply overwhelmed.

But you don’t have to be an emotional sponge anymore! The following video will walk you through why you’re attracting these people, how it impacts your mental health, and how YOU can stop absorbing everyone else’s emotions.

Sound familiar?

You might have some people-pleasing tendencies or loose boundaries. Are you ready to make your boundaries stronger? Here are a few ways to begin to strengthen your boundaries and protect your time, space, and energy.

How to Protect Your Boundaries: A Beginner’s Guide

Start by identifying how YOU feel. Learn to pay attention to how you’re feeling instead of reflecting back the feelings of everyone in a room. Awareness will help you establish stronger boundaries.

Separate your emotions from theirs. You don’t have to take on the emotions of other people – not their bad moods, drama, or outrage. Empathize without absorbing what they’re feeling.

Communicate directly. If someone’s drama is overwhelming you, you can limit your communication with them by letting them know that you’re not in the right space to listen. It may feel unkind, but it’s better to put a boundary in place than to get swept along in the current of their emotions.

Prioritize self-care. Take time to take care of yourself rather than putting everyone else first. This can help you better manage your emotions and give you a chance to relax and recharge. Your high-maintenance, high-drama friend can still be a friend, but you’ll be better equipped to maintain boundaries when you feel rested and centered.

Identify the energy vampires in your life. Are there people who take all they can and give nothing back? The people who are happy to drain your energy but rarely listen to your problems may not need a starring or even supporting role in your life. You might want to move them out of your inner circle and move in people who are willing to hear and support you, too.

You don’t have to keep absorbing the energy of each person you interact with throughout the day. Practicing better boundaries will help you find a stronger sense of yourself and allow you more perspective when it comes to dealing with intense energy. Stop being a sponge for bad feelings so you can begin soaking in joy.

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