It's never easy to be around negativism. But beyond that, it can be quite toxic and detrimental, fostering a mindset of cynicism, fatalism, and even defeatism.

If you are surrounded by negative energy that's coming from a coworker, partner, friend, or family member, you must how to protect yourself without engaging.

Here are six powerful strategies you can use to protect yourself against

Focus on solutions, not problems.
Don't feed the drama.
Watch your boundaries.
Stop trying to fix everyone and everything.
Respond, but don't react.
Take care of yourself.

Don't underestimate the harm that negative energy can cause--learn how to protect yourself and be smart about it.