Positive Energy

Positive energy is something that is vital to our well being, and yet at times can feel so elusive. Without it, we can feel unmotivated, "stuck", or depressed. Author James Redfield says "Energy flows where attention goes; energy flows where intention goes!"

There are several things we can do to increase positive energy, but the first step is to be conscious of the factors that can take it away from us.

We all know people who have a draining effect. Maybe they gossip, are controlling, or brag endlessly -- never pausing to ask how our life is going. Sometimes limiting our time with these people is not an option if they are family members or co-workers, but there are ways we can build a healthy boundary so their negative energy isn't able to infect our own.

Here are some tips to increase positive energy:

  1. Spend less time on social media. Studies have proven a direct correlation between depression and heavy Facebook usage. Many of our "friends" tend to post only flattering photos; of their perfect trip, their perfect dinner, their perfect husband and their perfect kids. However, they too have bills, a lunatic sibling and days where their favorite jeans are too tight to wear. When you start to feel that dark, sinking feeling, log off. News can be depressing as well, and it's easy to get baited by stories in our newsfeed.

  2. Get outdoors! Nature is like medicine. Go for a walk in the woods or near a body of water, preferably the sea. If you were to go blind tomorrow, would you say "I wish I could organize my closet"? Probably not, but you might regret not having taken in and connecting with natural beauty more often. If you live in an urban area, go to a park. Or a greenhouse. There is something extremely uplifting about being surrounded by trees and flowering plants.

  3. Essential oils are magical. I find the most revitalizing ones to be eucalyptus, grapefruit, tangerine or spearmint. Put a few drops in the bathtub, or use a diffuser in the room where you spend the most time. For a portable lift when you aren't home, just rub a drop or two between your wrists, close your eyes and inhale deeply.

  4. Ditch the negative self-talk as soon as you hear it in your head. Years ago my reiki teacher said three words that always stuck with me: "Energy follows thought". So true! Focus on abundance (and ways you can actually create it) rather than what you don't have. Vision boards and writing down goals are helpful, as is "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain, an oldish (70's) but very effective book.

  5. This sounds obvious, but be sure to drink plenty of water and get at least 7 hours of sleep. Lack of either can cause brain fog and a bad mood. Make an effort to go to bed an hour earlier, and if you forget to drink water (or it's just not that appetizing), fill a large water bottle in the morning with spring water, ice, and some fun add-ins like orange slices and mint leaves, or lemon wedges and a piece of fresh peeled ginger for zing.

  6. Lastly, yoga and meditation are amazing. They force you to take deep cleansing breaths and quiet the busy or negative chatter in your brain. They both bring you back to your center, like a mental vacation, leaving you feeling refreshed. If you can't get to a class, there are plenty of great guided meditations and yoga videos on YouTube.

Hopefully this has been helpful, and I wish everyone a blessed day filled with positivity!