Everyone experiences gloomy Sunday afternoon feelings from time to time. But if your home feels like it’s been in a constant state of the blues recently, it’s time to banish once and for all those negative, sad and downright depressing vibes that can have a dramatic effect on your mood. Trust us, you do want to try these techniques at home.
1. Try airing everything out
The first step to moving negative air out of your home: ‘Open up all the window and create a draft to let the air come through, even if it’s freezing outside,’ says Silvia Christman, growth coach and health and happiness guru. ‘Fresh air is everything.’ While you’re at it, shake out your pillows and blankets, too.
2. Carefully burn some incense
This fragrant smoke has long been a spiritual and meditation practice — so why not try it at home? Christman says it’ll help elevate the energy: ‘Nag champa is best used in a clean home for meditation as it creates a calm and serene atmosphere,’ she says.
3. Be sure to repair or remove broken things
Even though you’ve been meaning to get around to fixing that office chair, it may not be worth holding on to. ‘Broken things bring that stuck and negative energy into your home,’ says Anjie Cho, feng shui and holistic living expert and founder of Holistic Spaces.
4. Spray orange essential oil around your home
If there’s something about the smell of oranges that reminds you of smiles and sunshine, you’re not alone. ‘Not only does it clear the negative energy, it also lifts your mood,’ says Cho. ‘You can diffuse drops into water or use an organic essential oil spray.’
5. Remove clutter as soon as possible
Yes, there’s a reason you feel so good after you clear your work surfaces. ‘Objects retain lots of energy and physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually block our ‘path’ forward,’ says Maureen Calamia, a feng shui consultant. Oh, and did we mention clutter makes you feel tired and stressed, too?
6. Smudge your entire home with sage
A popular Native American technique for removing bad energy is lighting sage, then blowing out the flame. ‘The smoke is what you will use to clear your home,’ says Calamia. ‘I always start at the front door and work my way around in a clockwise direction.’ After ‘smudging’ the entire home, visualise your intentions for your home as the smoke filling every crevice.
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