Some people are a little more sensitive to bad vibes than others.  People who are sensitive to bad vibes will usually feel very emotionally, psychologically and even physically drained when they are in toxic or low vibrational situations.  

It can be challenging to go to work, go shopping or maintain your social obligations if you are sensitive to other people’s negative energy.  This can be really frustrating, and for some people, it is bothersome enough to keep them in the house and away from others much of the time! 

If you think you might be sensitive to negative energy, here are a few ideas on how to protect yourself from bad vibes.  Using tools to protect yourself will make it easier and more enjoyable for you to deal  with social interaction.  Implement these strategies when you are around toxic people, in a hostile crowd or in any place that has low vibrational energy.  

1. Center yourself: Before entering into a situation you expect might contain low vibrational energy, first take a moment to center yourself.

If you have time, do a quick meditation-if not, at least sit down for a moment and take a few big, slow, deliberate breaths.  This action will give you a little vibrational lift, so that you will be able to move through the negative energy field for a while before you become uncomfortable.

As an added benefit, the simple act of centering yourself will sometimes even raise your vibration enough for the situation to actually turn out to be fun!

2. Take breaks: When you find yourself in low vibrational spaces, step away frequently.  Excuse yourself to use the restroom or go outside for some fresh air.  This allow you to stop the downward momentum of your energy and bring yourself back to center.  When you return, you’ll be calmer, happier, and better equipped to deal with the situation at hand.

3. Carry black tourmaline: Black tourmaline is a fantastic stone for protection because it absorbs toxic energy in your environment before it can get to you.

Be sure to clean and charge your stone before using it.  This removes any negative energy it has already absorbed.  To clean and charge your stone, you can place it under running water for a few minutes or lay it out in the moonlight for a few hours.

4. Wear black or dark colors: In toxic situations with bad vibes, wearing the colors of the root chakra (like black, red or brown) will provide you with added protection.  However, while these colors block out toxicity, they also block out the light, so please do not overuse these colors in your day-to-day life.

5. Sage: If you have the opportunity to sage your environment before gatherings, absolutely do it!  For example, if you have some people coming over to your house who typically bring you down, burn sage around all of the corners in your home before they arrive.  Sage is highly effective at expelling negative energy.

If you believe you are about to enter a toxic situation, first take a little bit of time to protect yourself. With a little bit of preparation, you can keep yourself from picking up bad vibes from other people.  

If you work hard to raise your vibration there is no good reason to allow another person or situation to hijack your good feelings. You have the capacity to protect your vibrational energy, no matter the circumstance.  Take care of your energy, and it will take care of you!

Did you like this article? Find more like it on my blog or Facebook page!  You can also find me on Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11).


Photo Credit: “Thunderstorm in Monument Valley II” by heitere_fahne. Some Rights Reserved.  This image has been cropped and resized.


  • jincy
    Posted February 5, 2015 8:34 am 0Likes

    hey Andrea,
    This article’s the best one. I’m highly sensitive to both the kind of vibes. The other day I had a pretty tough time on getting myself on track. This is very beneficial for me. Now you see this another case of law of attraction. I wanted a way out of this and boom I get a mail from your blog on this. Thank You 🙂
    All I want to know is tourmaline is any casual rock piece or anything special? A little help over here please.

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted February 5, 2015 2:46 pm 0Likes

    Hi Jincy! Glad you found this information helpful! Black tourmaline is a specific type of gemstone-be sure to get black and not another variety like watermelon tourmaline. You can try to look for one at any local “spiritual” store, or you can go online to purchase. I love black tourmaline 🙂

  • jincy
    Posted February 5, 2015 11:47 pm 0Likes

    Thank You Andrea : )

  • Anonymous
    Posted June 1, 2016 7:04 am 0Likes

    reading this just gave me a great vibe

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted June 1, 2016 11:11 am 0Likes

    Thanks Anonymous!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted September 19, 2017 7:41 pm 0Likes

    lately many thing has been going bad in my life lately like kids steeling my stuff and hope this works for me. any more ideas or tips ?

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted September 21, 2017 10:35 am 0Likes

    Hi Anonymous-I would say when the “shit hits the fan” I’ve found a regular morning meditation can work wonders. 10-15 minutes before getting into the chaos of the day can set the tone for a stable vibration, and consequently, less chaos. Much love <3

  • Haydee
    Posted April 22, 2018 5:25 pm 0Likes

    Thank you so much! I needed this information, as has been thrown negative words by one I thought was a friend.

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted April 23, 2018 7:35 am 0Likes

    Glad you found this useful Haydee!

  • Tony
    Posted July 7, 2018 1:37 am 0Likes

    Thanks for the information. I have a feeling that low vibrational people put me down and aggressively

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted July 7, 2018 9:19 am 0Likes

    You are most welcome Tony <3

  • Hetal
    Posted March 2, 2019 10:17 am 0Likes

    This is a very helpful piece of advice. I truly appreciate it

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted March 2, 2019 10:23 am 0Likes

    thank you Hetal 🙂

  • Channy
    Posted April 29, 2019 12:37 pm 0Likes

    Very helpful tysm for this!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted October 24, 2019 6:30 am 0Likes

    Thank you for the great tips! Reading your article made me realize that I am a magnet for vibrations. Some days I am exhausted and can’t pin point why. Going through the tips have helped a lot! Specially the meditation and walking away and “recharging”. has helped me, I am not as emotionally drained. Thank you!

  • Andrea Schulman
    Posted October 24, 2019 10:18 am 0Likes

    thanks Anonymous!

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