Five steps to release negativity

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.

How to let go of negative energy

Write a letter to your past self

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 yoga practice or it may simply involve you saying a few words in a sacred space.

Try smudging

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.

Try manifesting

Manifesting works based on the idea that if you think enough positive, aspirational thoughts with purpose, they will come true (like the idea of a self-fulfilling prophecy). By believing good things will happen to us, we invite more good things into our lives.

Some people believe that we unconsciously manifest everything that happens in our lives. If we believe we aren’t worthy, confident, or loved, we may unconsciously behave in a way to confirm these negative beliefs.

While there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to manifest, some believe working from a script, or having a spiritual connection can help.

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.

Ready to start releasing negativity in your life? To find out more about crystal healing or Reiki and how they can help you to release negativity, use our advanced search to find an experienced, qualified practitioner online or in person near you.

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Written by Kat Nicholls
Kat is a Content Producer for Memiah and writer for Therapy Directory and Happiful magazine.
Written by Kat Nicholls
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