I’m always on a mission to rid my world of energy vampires! We only have 24 hours in a day, and we need to think carefully about how we use our time, and how we allocate our precious energy. If you think back to books, TV shows, and movies about vampires – they have to be invited into your home before they’re able to come inside. So, before you let any more energy vampires into your life, check out my top three tips on how to banish these energy thieves.
How to Banish Energy Vampires & Reclaim Your Life
1. Set Boundaries and Learn to Say “No.”
Don’t work past 7:00 pm if you can help it. Don’t get distracted at work with side conversations. Say no to people who try to pawn off their work on you, just because you’re known for being efficient and excellent at your job. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be a team player, but you should evaluate what their role is, what your position is, and push back when you have to. Get your boss involved if someone keeps overstepping their bounds. Stay focused on what you are doing, so that you allow yourself much needed time to decompress when you get home.
2. Stop Feeling Obligated.
If going on that date or to that party is going to give you anxiety, then don’t go! Don’t feel obligated to do something because you don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings. You are allowed to be selfish with your time. It is YOUR life. Don’t let people make you feel guilty for doing what you want to do – and enjoy the extra time you now have; guilt-free!
3. Don’t Engage with Overly Dramatic or Attention-Seeking People (Aka Energy Vampires).
Cut these people out of your life completely! If that’s not an option, limit the time you spend with them. Energy vampires thrive on attention; the more you feed them, the more they will need to stay close to you. Shut down the food source and preserve your sanity. Be less available to energy vampires, and I promise they will stop invading your life and stealing your time. You may need to stop being as active via text messages, email, and social media, but it’s worth it to have a more enjoyable and peaceful life, I promise!
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