I don’t have to tell you that the world is a crazy place, and there is a lot of wild energy flying around. While some of it is beautiful and joyful, much is in fact negative – or simply overwhelming. So, how do you block negative energy? Or at the very least, how do you keep it from dragging you down? Keep reading to find out.
Prevent Negative Energy From Dragging You Down
If you’re an empath, sensitive soul, introvert, or giver – and even if you’re not! – the world can feel like A LOT at times. Here are 7 ways to block negative energy so that it doesn’t weigh you down.
1. Spend time alone
If you are an introvert, you may breathe a sigh of relief at this idea. If you’re extroverted or like constant activity, it may be a bummer. But spending time alone allows your system to recalibrate, reset, and release what you’ve taken on from interactions with others (both in person and virtually).
This is obviously harder, say, if you have young children, or a demanding 24/7-type job. But do your best to carve out some down time now and then. Bonus points for adding a nap!
2. Bathe with Epsom salts
Salt has powerful clearing properties. One of the most effective ways to block negative energy and relax is taking a warm bath with Epsom salts (or another type of bathing salt). Add some essential oils for a spa-like experience.
If you don’t have a bathtub, try a salt scrub in the shower. Even making sure you are consuming enough electrolytes – which include sodium chloride, aka salt – can help too (and boost hydration while you’re at it).
3. Walk in nature or exercise
Nature is truly a healer. There’s something about being surrounded by forest, lake, trees, ocean, grass, or animals that can rapidly clear your energy and block out negativity. Get outside whenever you can, even if you live in a city. Seek out parks or green space. If that is challenging, walk on city streets.
Move your body with as much vigor as you’re able. That moves your energy, which subsequently moves your mood and your outlook (even if just a tiny bit). Following on from this, work exercise into your life. If you feel too tired, a key to remember is that you often need to expend more energy to get more energy.
4. Say no
Perhaps the biggest life lesson for all empaths and good-hearted people is boundaries. Boundaries refer to emotional and physical limits or standards. Many of us never learned about boundaries or how to set them growing up. Your feelings, needs, and perspectives are yours, just like someone else’s are theirs. Creating healthy boundaries in your life can mean the difference between being weighed down by other people’s energy, problems, and moods, and having control over your own well-being.
Boundaries start with saying no. Guilt and shame often arise when you’re not used to doing so. Feel the discomfort and do it anyway. It’s not your job to caretake other adults or do things you don’t want to do. If you feel like it is, you may have codependent tendencies. Read my blog on healing codependency in relationships for more detailed guidance.
5. Get off the healing hamster wheel
One of the great ironies is that being immersed in the world of self-help or spirituality can sometimes create more negative energy. When you are constantly focused on fixing yourself, or on what is wrong or defective, you actually create more of that!
And this doesn’t even begin to address the unfortunate and rampant number of healers and coaches who prey on people’s vulnerability, either consciously or unconsciously. Many are covert narcissists or simply unqualified. Check out my blog on healers and hypocrisy for more, including personal anecdotes from my own life. This is one of the most commented on blogs I’ve published, ever! That tells you something. It’s not talked about enough and I’m actually starting a Zoom group related to this topic. Check out my Instagram reel about it here (or go to my handle there, centered_onebyerin). Comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Clear out the clutter in your life and home! When you release old physical items or clean or reorganize a space, you are simultaneously clearing out negative energy with it. This explains why many people feel not just satisfied but liberated and free when they clean out an old drawer or room or closet, or donate a bunch of clothes.
Our physical space often reflects our emotional space and deeper psyche. Ask yourself what are you hanging on to? Underlying the attachment to an old sweater or knick-knack could be a story or a belief system or an identity that no longer serves you. It could also be energy from an old relationship or prior version of yourself. For example, if an ex gave you a piece of jewelry that you still wear, yet you’ve outgrown or are attempting to outgrow patterns from that relationship, it may be holding you back. That energy is still hanging around you (even on you), despite your best efforts. Something to think about.
In many spiritual traditions, forgiveness is at the core. The famous line about holding a grudge being the equivalent of drinking poison and expecting the other person to die is accurate. Your own anger, resentment, and pain does not unfortunately change the person you feel wronged by, nor propel them to apologize. It festers within you and can even create disease if not dealt with over time.
An important piece that is often left out about forgiveness is the need to feel and process your emotions first. You cannot force yourself to forgive, and usually it will not happen until you give yourself the respect to feel it all. Journal on it, talk to a therapist or friend, contact me – do what you need to do to air out your grievances, thoughts, and emotions. THEN, forgiveness becomes possible.
Block Negative Energy For A Happier, Healthier Life
There are many things you can do to block negative energy as a sensitive person in today’s world. Take charge and do these 7 things so that it doesn’t drag you down.
One last tip I have for you is to limit your consumption of negative media. You can find the balance between staying informed and not letting the often intensely upsetting news infiltrate your psyche every day. Even doing this alone has helped some of my clients greatly. Feel free to reach out with further questions!
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