Protecting yourself from negative energy is more important than ever.
Negative energy is a part of life. You’ll encounter it in people, situations and even places.
It might come across as ‘new-agey’ to talk about energy in this way, but a lot of what we know about negative energy is actually grounded in science.
From a physics perspective, energy is the ability to do work, and work is the act of displacing something by applying force. At least, that’s how Hank Green at SciShow explains it.
We’ve all experienced a change in atmosphere when someone new walks into a room. There’s a distinct shift in energy that you can’t quite explain but definitely feel.
Protect Yourself From Negative Energy Without the Woo-Woo
There are lots of ways to protect yourself from negative energy. Smudging, crystals, salt baths and Feng Shui are a few approaches you could try. They all have merit, but these more practical alternatives are also worth considering, especially if you’re skeptical about crunchy hippie stuff.
1. Take Regular News Fasts
Saturating yourself in the news is going to have a negative impact on your wellbeing. One study found that watching a disaster replay over and over can be worse than witnessing it live.
Constantly exposing yourself to bad news can also make you unreasonably angry at the world. Your frustration at what’s going on will manifest in a variety of ways, such as unnecessary agruments with the people around you, breaking things you’d rather not break, road rage, etc.
Doing something you’ll regret when you’re behind the wheel can very easily end up in a call to your your local personal injury attorneys. Far better to avoid that scenario entirely by putting a cap on your news intake.
Make a point of seeking out positive stories instead. This will protect you from negative energy, remind you that there is still lots of good in the world and, of course, save you a ton in legal fees.
2. Be of Service
Being of service reminds you how much you have to be grateful for. But more than that, it leaves you with a sense of accomplishment.
It doesn’t matter how small, you know you’ve made a difference. You didn’t sit on the couch and bemoan the state of the world, you went out and did something to make it a better place.
3. Ruthlessly Edit Your Social Circle
According to Nicholas Christakis, a physician and sociologist at Harvard University, happiness is contagious. He reckons it can spread from person to person like the flu, only with a more favorable outcome.
The opposite is also true. Things like obesity and smoking are just as socially infectious. Hanging around with people who bring you down doesn’t serve you. All you’re doing is exposing yourself to their negative energy.
How you edit your social circle will differ from person to person.
You can break up with a friend or find ways to cope with rudeness in the workplace, but how do you deal with a family member or spouse? You can’t avoid them, nor do you want to.
Try explaining to them that their negativity is affecting you and see if there is a way to help them be more positive. They could be dealing with a problem you don’t know about it. Talking about it might shift their perspective and, as a result, their energy, too.
However you do it, try and find a way to spend time with positive people who uplift you, and make sure you do the same for them. If you feel yourself sending out negative energy, remember that mood follows action.
Don’t wait to feel better, look for ways to be happier now. Make sleep a priority, do some volunteer work and spend time in nature. Sitting by yourself in a field of dandelions can be wonderfully restorative.