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Handling a friend's negativity without getting stressed!

When a friend calls to vent about their problems, it’s natural to want to be supportive. However, absorbing too much negativity can take a toll on your own well-being. Here’s how to handle it:

  1. Set Boundaries: Politely set limits on the duration and frequency of these conversations. Let your friend know you care, but also need to protect your own mental health.

  2. Active Listening: Listen attentively without immediately offering solutions. Sometimes, just being heard is enough for your friend.

  3. Empathize, Don’t Internalize: Show empathy by acknowledging their feelings, but don’t take their stress on as your own. Use phrases like, “That sounds really tough,” to validate their emotions without getting overwhelmed.

  4. Shift the Focus: Gently steer the conversation towards more positive or neutral topics once they’ve had a chance to vent. This can help lighten the mood for both of you.

  5. Self-Care: After these calls, take time for self-care. Engage in activities that relax and rejuvenate you, such as a walk, meditation, or a favorite hobby.

By balancing empathy with self-care, you can support your friend while maintaining your own peace and well-being.

Do you have often come across this ? If so and you have found it difficult, I hope this helps you.


Christine K


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