All my colleagues at work whine and complain frequently. The lunch room is a hotbed of negativity. The halls are full of criticism and doubt. How do I handle that?
First, spend less time in the lunchroom and halls. Those are infected areas, ripe with dis-ease. Steer clear of them.
Second, see this negativity as their choice to be at dis-ease. It is not about you. Get real clear about what you want and how you desire to use words to empower yourself. Be mind-full of not allowing their words and tone to affect you. Only you controls your mood.
Third, choose not to join in. Re-mind yourself about that intention before you enter infected areas.
Fourth, steer clear of judgment. Practice noticing without judging. Use these situations as opportunities to practice keeping yourself out of the judgment trap.