For the last couple weeks our house has been a dome of sickness, stress, and dirty dishes. My husband was sick, then I got sick, I’m wrapping up the semester in my Master’s program, holidays are coming, and it all just created a heavy, stagnant energy that kept me feeling lethargic and overwhelmed. Even our cats have been moody (and we can’t have that, now can we?!).
As a big believer that physical space affects mental space, once the fog of the flu lifted from me, I decided that what I needed to do was shift the energy in the house, and shift it fast. If you’re feeling a similar funk, try these simple steps to shift the energy around you in no time.
Make Your Bed
I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s a cliche for a reason. Making your bed has a calming effect on your room, makes you feel productive in less than 5 minutes, and makes it less likely that you’ll crawl back under the covers to hide from the world.
Manage the Mess
Dishes, laundry, the giant pile of papers on your desk—whatever mess is messing you up right now, deal with it head on. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just see what you can do in that time. It might surprise you how much you can get done and how even that short time cleaning affects the whole room.
Open Blinds and Windows
Let in some light and some air. If you’ve been sick or if your room feels stagnant, flooding it with natural light and a cool breeze will help wipe away the lingering blahness (technical term).
Blast Some Music
Sometimes the only solution for bad vibes is some sound waves. Choose your playlist purposefully, making sure it has the energy you’re trying to create. If you’re looking for upbeat, a little sassy, and in the holiday spirit, might I suggest my family’s Christmas staple: James Brown’s Funky Christmas. You’re welcome.
Never underestimate the power of some candles. Especially in the winter, having a few yummy scented candles burning on the coffee table or desk can instantly make the room feel cozy and inviting.
Smudge it Out
If bad vibes are persistent or if you just feel like you need to wipe the energetic slate clean altogether, grab some sage and get your smudge on. Incense can also work to clear the air (with a bonus cozy factor if you’ve chosen well. I’m all about cinnamon incense right now).
Water Your Plants
I don’t have any scientific evidence to back this up, but I feel like having wilting or dying things around you can’t benefit your mood. So if you’re like me and love houseplants, make sure they’re projecting the energy you want. Thriving greenery is way more inspiring than brown, slimy, limp leaves.
On a recent Instagram post, breathworker and healer Erin Telford discussed how nature is neutral. No matter what you’re feeling, whether it’s buzzy and anxious or lethargic and swampish, going outside and being in nature neutralizes and grounds that energy. Even a quick walk around the block lets nature work her magic.
There you have it! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go dance to some James Brown holiday tunes while I fold laundry in my clean, cozy, cinnamon-scented living room.