Everyone has a bad day every now and then. But did you ever felt like you just have a negative mood all the time, that seems to drain all the energy out of you? That’s the “negative energy” everyone is talking about.
And like most of the bad things, this one too works like a vicious circle that never seems to have an exit door. But that’s because you’re trapped in a certain routine which is obviously doing some damage to your mental health.
There is always an exit door
The problem lies in your way of dealing with the situation and the fact that you’re expecting different results even though you’re not making any changes. Your first impulse might be to deny the fact that you’re actually having a problem, which is why you’re not willing to make any changes.
But let’s get real, how many times did these words come out of your mouth: “No, it’s nothing”? We all do it, we tend to ignore a problem, hoping that it will magically disappear, but it will eventually only make it worse.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein
So what can you do to step out of this vicious circle and get that positive energy back? Well, in theory, things are pretty much simple. But put into practice, they will require a large amount of dedication and consistency. So here are the five ways to get rid of the negative energy:
No, you don’t necessarily have to cross your legs and adopt the lotus position, because we’re gonna focus on a different type of meditation called mindfulness. This technique focuses on making you live in the moment and by doing so, you become aware of your surroundings. But why is this so important?
You might not always notice, but most of the time, your mind tends to wonder, and by wondering, I mean worrying. It can be a moment from the past which you haven’t moved on from, or a certain situation you’ll have to deal with in the future. Our whole life is about making decisions, and while it’s normal to be worried about the outcome, it can also be harmful to dwell upon that.
Mindfulness will take time, but it will also make a huge change in your life, and while you might not be so excited about it at first, what’s the worst that can happen if you try it?
Talk to yourself
This is nothing new and I’m sure you’ve already heard that if you have positive thoughts, you will attract positive energy. You can actually train your brain to think positive by constantly bombarding it with positive thoughts (this is called a thought pattern), thus attracting positive energy.
By constantly having positive thoughts, your brain will adjust itself so that similar thoughts are occurring more often. So go ahead and say positive things to yourself, but keep it down, you don’t want everybody to think that you’re just crazy.
Take a walk in nature
Exposing yourself to a natural environment which hasn’t been altered by humans, free of the asphyxiating concrete walls and overly polluted air, will actually boost your spirit in no time. Make an effort and alter your busy schedule so that you can spend at least half an hour to simply relax and breath the fresh air.
Combine this activity with practicing mindfulness and you will definitely see some improvement in your mood.
Have you noticed that when you’re extremely happy, you start singing all of a sudden? That’s because you’re full of positive energy and that’s your brain’s way to deal with it. So if you know it works like this, why wouldn’t it work the other way around as well?
It has been proven that singing is not only good for your mental health but four your health in general, lowering your blood pressure and developing your lung power. So sing away!
Be around the sea
While we talked about taking a walk in nature, being around the sea is scientifically proven to induce a meditative state that will put you in a zen mood in no time.
Do you think is a coincidence that most of the meditation/mindfulness apps out there use at least on background noise of waves breaking or water related sounds? It helps trigger the state of calm that you experienced when you were just relaxing on the beach, or admiring a sunset/sunrise from the shore.