All of us can become plagued with negativity from time to time. It may be coming from other people or, more often than not, it may come from ourselves.
Self-doubt in particular tends to stem from experiences we’ve had in the past. There may be conversations or incidents that are lingering in your mind. This negative energy can become stored in the body, making it difficult to let go of.
There are ways to help yourself let go and move on. First, consider whether or not talking to a counsellor or psychotherapist may help.
Often talking through past experiences is an important first step. Below we look at some additional ways to help you let go of negative energy and invite light and positivity in.
Write a letter to your past
Can you think of a specific experience, conversation or even relationship from the past that may be haunting you today? Whatever it is, try writing a letter to them/it. You don’t need to physically send the letter – just writing out what you want to say is incredibly powerful. When you’re done you may want to tear up the letter, bury it or burn it as a representation of it being over.
Consider energy healing
There are many different types of energy healing approaches out there, including Reiki. What these therapies aim to do is clear energy blockages and heal negative energy. Our emotional health is often neglected within the realm of self-care and this is a great way to show yourself kindness.
Have a releasing ritual
You may benefit from creating a ritual to help you release whatever it is you’re struggling to let go of. This can involve burning essential oils, holding crystals and chanting, it may involve a yin yoga practice or it may simply involve you saying a few words in a sacred space.
Smudging is a traditional Native American practice that helps to clear negative energy from a space. It involves burning dried herbs bound together in a ‘smudge stick’ with intention and can form part of your releasing ritual.
Create an inner hero
Now you have effectively let go of negative energy, it’s time to invite positivity in. One way to do this is to replace your inner critic with an inner hero. Pick someone who inspires you – this could be a partner, friend or family member, or it could be someone you’ve never met but admire. It could even be a fictional character! Whenever self-doubt creeps in, imagine what your inner hero would say.
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