If you're someone who is trying to feel more positive, you probably spend most of your time working on yourself. However, part of preserving your wellbeing is making sure you keep good company, which makes it important to notice any telltale signs you're surrounded by too much negativity. Surrounding yourself with bad energy or people who constantly put everything down can really hinder your health, but it's easy to become caught up in your group of friends, coworkers, or even family and not even realize the negativity they bring into your life.
Some amount of negativity is normal within human interactions, but when it becomes too much, it can have some negative consequences.
"When negativity is chronic and unresolved, the negative effects can be challenging and long-lasting," says psychologist Dr. Carla Marie Manly over email. "On a psychological level, chronic negativity can create a general sense of sadness, depression, anger, or irritation. On a physical level, the body responds to stressful circumstances with a release of cortisol. High levels of cortisol are known to have a negative impact on the body’s immune system, sleep, and the health of muscle, connective tissue, and bone."
To make sure you're surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good — and keep you healthy — watch out for these nine signs you're surrounded by an unhealthy amount of negativity.