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Ask Dr Sivri – Jealousy in the office is getting me down

Dear Dr Sivri,

I hope you are well. I know you help with all types of problems, so I am looking for some advice please.

I work in an office in the City of London, and we deal with international insurance, so it’s a pretty high-end and stressful job, but I take it in my stride and am well-regarded by my colleagues.

My problem is this: I am a 32-year-old woman and I like to take good care of myself – ‘look good, feel good’ kind of thing. I work out daily and dress well.

One of my female colleagues is extremely jealous of me and she makes things pretty difficult for me at work. She is always being critical and making snide remarks about me, my work, my clothes, etc.

I’ve tried to ignore her, but she doesn’t stop and it’s beginning to get me down. I’m afraid her comments will affect how my colleagues regard me, especially as I’m aiming for promotion.

What’s the best way for me to deal with this?