Q: In what ways can you protect yourself from emotional stress and drama that other people are projecting onto you?
A: I think there are several ways that you could tackle this, I guess it depends on what relationship you have with the people in question.
Talk to them
It may sound daft and one of the most obvious things to do, but if the problem is with one of your close friends I am under the assumption that you should be comfortable enough in talking to them about the situation and explain to them how it is making you feel. If they are good friends, they should understand and sympathise with how it is making you feel.
You don’t need to approach this in an aggressive or stand-offish manner, for all you know they might not even realise that they are projecting onto you. So, a gentle nudge may even help them realise what is happening.
Take a break
If possible, can you take a break from that social setting/group? Sometimes being wrapped up in others’ drama can be easily rid of by removing yourself from the situation. If possible, maybe associate yourself with a different friendship group until the dust settles.
Don’t get involved
This may be a really unhelpful suggestion, so apologies if it is. But sometimes we can get drawn into drama without even realising it and then the next thing we know we are heavily involved in something we don’t want to be involved in. Maybe making a conscious effort to not comment on situations or give an opinion will lessen the risk of this happening to you?
I’m already in and kinda stuck!
Okay so you’re deep in and can’t get out? Instead of talking to others that are involved, try and offload the drama so it reduces the amount of stress it causes you. Write in a diary, write songs, stories, or create some art? Try and adopt some self-care techniques where you can achieve that all important time to just you.
Being involved in drama never stops! But utilising certain methods can reduce how much it affects you!