Raise The Vibrations In Your Home

Raise The Vibrations In Your Home

Hello loves, ❤

We often talk about places and people exuding ‘good energy’ or ‘bad energy’ – when we really mean the energy is high or low.

In scientific terms, describing energy as high or low is actually describing the rate of vibration or frequency.

The higher a ‘vibration’ of a person or place, the better we feel. And the higher the vibration of our homes, the better we feel in them. They become a safe haven, a space to recharge our batteries and lift our spirits.

Here are 15 ways to raise your home’s vibrations for health and happiness.

  1. De-Clutter

Removing clutter, duplicate items and things that we no longer have a use for can free up space, and leave us feeling much happier and more comfortable.

Pare down your wardrobe, dump the ‘just in case’ items you never use, and always choose quality over quantity. Other ways to de-clutter your home include borrowing instead of buying, using multi-purpose products and spending on experiences rather than ‘things’.

  1. Burn Herbs

The burning of herbs, a practice known as smudging, has been used for thousands of years to cleanse the air of impurities such as bacteria and viruses. Smudging is also used as a traditional mystical ritual, changing, clearing and shifting the surrounding air.

Take a dried bundle of herbs and light it, then quickly blow the flame out, allowing the smoke to waft around the house. Both the healing properties and scent of the herbs are released into the air. While sage is by far the most popular herb to smudge with, pine, rosemary, and lavender are also good options.

Smudging can be used to clear your space when:

  • You move into a new home
  • You begin a new job or career
  • A guest leaves your home
  • Before meditation
  • You have just had an argument or suffered an illness

You can also burn an herbal incense by blending ground herbs together and placing the mix on a lit charcoal disc on top of your incense burner.

Use sage, thyme, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, pine needles, frankincense or patchouli to clear the air, and your space.

  1. Diffuse Essential Oils

Essential oils work to cleanse your home and help you feel light and uplifted by diffusing their unique and pleasant scent through the home. Many also have potent antimicrobial properties which remove airborne viruses and bacteria.

 

To raise the vibrations in your living space, try diffusing rose, basil, cypress, frankincense, juniper, lavender, myrrh, sage, peppermint, sandalwood, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus.

If you don’t have a diffuser (and here are 10 reasons why you should) you can also mix up a cleansing room spray and spritz it around the home.

Mix six tablespoons of filtered water and 10 to 40 drops of essential oils of your choice in a small spray bottle. Shake well before each use.

  1. Switch on Himalayan Salt Lamps

These softly glowing salt lamps are a natural source of fresh, clean air – just what you need to cleanse your home while providing an aura of calm.

Because they attract water, they have the incredible power to remove dust, pollen, smoke and other impurities from the air. Himalayan salt lamps also give off negative ions which mean they increase energy levels, remove static electricity, neutralize electromagnetic radiation, encourage sleep and improve overall mood.

  1. Play Music

Music is more than just entertainment or an art form. It can have a soothing and healing effect on the whole body and alters the vibes in whatever space it fills.

Several studies have shown that the right kind of music provides pain relief; benefits the heart, blood and immune system; enhances learning; fights fatigue; and promotes sleep.

Of course, its ability to improve our frame of mind is beyond doubt. For the most mood boosting and positive vibrational effects, choose Classical, Jazz, Folk, Orchestra, Soul or Opera music. If they don’t do it for you, crank up anything that makes you feel good – whether that’s Jason Mraz, Florence and the Machine or Tracy Chapman!

  1. Add Plants and Fresh Flowers

Experiencing nature and all it has to offer is a surefire way to enjoy positive vibrations, mindfulness and an uplifted mood. Eco-therapy (being in nature) has even garnered the attention of the scientific community as many studies find it fights depression, and improves mental health and well being.

Why not bring nature indoors and attract positive energy to your home? One way to do this is to fill your living space with potted plants and fresh flowers – their bright colors and fragrance also make for a welcoming space.

According to experts, certain plants are better than others at promoting positive energy and improving wellbeing. Some of the best include cactus, bamboo, jasmine, lavender, miniature roses, rosemary, mint, chrysanthemums, aloe vera and orchids.

  1. Consider Crystals

Using crystals for healing and positivity dates back to ancient times. The Sumerians made magic potions from quartz, the Greeks wore amethyst as amulets, and the Chinese used jade in medicine.

Try adding these popular crystals to your home, said to have numerous benefits:

  • Turquoise – the master healer, highly regarded for its protective and ‘lucky’ properties.
  • Bloodstone – a powerful energizer, boosting enthusiasm and emotional wellbeing.
  • Smoky quartz – helps you let go of negative energy.
  • Rose quartz – helps to open and heal the energy of the heart.
  • Carnelian – attracts fortune and encourages creativity and motivation.
  • Quartz crystal – balances the body and clears the mind.
  • Celestite – relieves stress and inspires happiness.
  • Citrine – helps you to be present and live in ‘the now’.
  • Aventurine – attracts new opportunities.

Even if you don’t believe in the healing powers of crystals, they will add some bling to your home which is guaranteed to improve your mood!

  1. Choose Colors That Positively Affect Your Mood

The colors used in our home are a direct reflection of our personalities and can affect our moods and our thoughts – in the most subtle of ways!

Our reaction to a color is unique to us so choose what feels right for you. In general, we are affected by color in the following ways:

  • Red – raises a room’s energy level and gets the adrenaline and blood pumping. It can be too stimulating for some people, and some spaces. Crimson can invoke feelings of rage and hostility.
  • Yellow – is energizing and uplifting, it captures the joy of sunshine and signals happiness. Too much yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger.
  • Blue – can be calming, relaxing and serene but can also cause feelings of sadness.
  • Green – the most restful color for the eye, it promotes comfort, calm and growth.
  • Purple – dark tones are associated with luxury, creativity and the dramatic. Lighter versions bring the same restful quality as blue, but with more warmth.
  • Orange – evokes excitement, enthusiasm and energy.
  1. Light Candles

Candles have been used for millennia to provide light, convey calm and highlight celebration. Their deep yellow glow is hypnotic, reflective and a great focal point for meditation.

Burning any candles will help increase the vibrations in your house, but choosing your candles in certain colors and scents (like those listed throughout this post) will raise them even higher.

  1. Let the Fresh Air In

A stuffy, oxygen-depleted home can lead to feelings of lethargy and low mood. It’s just a plain unpleasant place to be! One of the easiest ways to refresh the air is to open your windows. Just letting in a few minutes of fresh air each morning before you go to work will cleanse and rejuvenate.

Increase the oxygen levels in your home and you’ll soon feel more energized, you’ll sleep better and enjoy improved overall health.

Other ways to keep your indoor air feeling fresh include avoiding chemical air fresheners, washing smelly clothes right away and keeping your pet beds clean.

  1. Meditate

Raise your own vibrations through positive thought, clear intention and a focused perspective – also known as meditation!

When you do, you will begin to feel happier and less stressed. You will enjoy greater concentration, awareness and self-acceptance. There are physical benefits too – like better heart health, immune function and longevity.

Once you begin to feel the beneficial effects of meditation, you’ll soon begin to associate them with the place you mediate – your home!

  1. Fill Your Home with Beauty & Happy Memories

Make your home an extension of you! Choose items that have meaning, that make you happy and that inspire you.

When choosing to keep or remove each piece, ask yourself if it evokes good or bad memories, or has positive or negative connotations.

Artwork, books, trinkets, signs, memory jars and framed photos all serve to turn your home into a place of positive energy – just don’t stand for clutter!

  1. Cut Down on Electronics

Having the television turned on can affect the atmosphere of a given room – depending on what is playing and how it makes you feel. Be conscious of when and what you watch on television.

What’s more, there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between the amount of time spent watching television and eventually being diagnosed with depression – something that will definitely lower both your vibrations, and those of your home!

14. Remove Toxins

Having a house filled with chemicals and other toxins is sure to negatively impact your health, your mental wellbeing and the vibes around you.

Clear the chemicals from your personal care products with these natural beauty tips, and make sure to eliminate these sources of hidden toxins from your kitchen and pantry.

  1. Create a Space for Relaxation

While your entire home should feel like a place you can relax and enjoy, carving out a sanctuary in a room, cubby or corner just for you is important. Appreciate this space and relish the time you have for yourself – spend at least ten minutes there every day.

You can use it for meditation, reading, yoga, or anything else that will revitalize you and raise your vibrations!

Hope the above has helped you all ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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I Want To Be A Better Person

I Want To Be A Better Person

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I want to be the kind of person who lets go of grudges instead of holding onto anger for years and letting it tear me apart. I want to be able to forgive. I want to be able to move past the crappy things that have happened in my past. I want to drop my baggage and move forward into my future. 

I want to be the kind of person who always looks on the bright side instead of assuming everything is going to fall apart eventually. I hate how I expect the worst. I want to remain optimistic. I want to believe good things are bound to happen. I want to be excited about tomorrow instead of dreading what might go down.

I want to be the kind of person who can strike up a conversation with anyone anywhere instead of having trouble forming complete sentences in group settings. I want to be able to socialize without getting butterflies caught in my stomach. I want to put myself out there without freaking out about what other people might say about me. 

I want to be the kind of person who gives without expecting anything in return instead of continuing my selfish streak. I want to spread love. I want to encourage peace. I want to feel good about doing good instead of only caring about myself. 

I want to be the kind of person who is overflowing with confidence instead of thinking so low of myself. I want to love the person staring back in the mirror. I want to hold my head high. I want to believe I can accomplish anything. I want to believe that I am worthy of love and success.

I want to be the kind of person who congratulates other people on their accomplishments instead of secretly seething with jealousy because in my mind, anyone who accomplishes their dreams is doing better than me. Because I turn every little thing into a competition and start moping when I’m not the one in the spotlight. 

I want to be the kind of person who is willing to take chances instead of attempting to blend into the background. I want to forward my career. I want to take risks for love. I want to find my courage and take steps forward instead of remaining stuck in the same place. 

I want to be the kind of person who goes out of the way to help others instead of turning down invitations out of inconvenience. I want my loved ones to feel like they can always rely on me. I want them to trust that I will be there for them, no matter what time of night they need me.

I want to be the kind of person who has faith things are going to get better instead of being such a skeptic. I want to see the beauty in this world. I want to appreciate every moment of my existence.

I want to be a better person — and I am actively trying to change myself every single day. I am trying to make myself proud.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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Anxiety, Anxiety, Anxiety.

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Hello loves, ❤

Anxiety, anxiety, anxiety – Where do I begin? Anxiety is the reason I started this blog. If you haven’t read my story, you can find it here.

Below some pointers that I feel everyone should know about anxiety.

 

  1. ANXIETY IS THE MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDER IN THE USA

An estimated 40 million American adults suffer from some form of anxiety disorder—even more than those who suffer from depression. About one in every five adults and one in every ten children experiences some form of anxiety disorder. (source)

 

  1. ANXIETY IS NATURAL AND EVEN HEALTHY—IN MODERATION

Every creature in the animal kingdom is hardwired with a “fight or flight” instinct—anxiety serves a useful purpose by warning us of danger and flooding the bloodstream with adrenaline and non-adrenaline. This is useful and can even save your life if, say, a bear is chasing you in the woods. The problem with anxiety disorders is that this “fight or flight” instinct is constantly triggered, even when there’s no immediate danger. So rather than saving your life, it can cripple your day-to-day activities, your ability to work, and your relationships.

 

  1. THE SOCIAL COSTS OF ANXIETY ARE HUGE

Treatment for anxiety disorders cost the USA over $40 billion per year, accounting for nearly a third of the nation’s total mental-health bill. And this doesn’t count the lost productivity and damaged lives that result as a matter of chronic anxiety.

 

  1. ANXIETY MAY BE PARTIALLY HEREDITARY

A 2014 study found that one specific gene is linked to social anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Other research has found a connection between anxiety disorders and people who come from large families.

 

  1. LIFE EVENTS CAN TRIGGER ANXIETY

More than any other traumatic event, rape can trigger anxiety disorders—nearly two-thirds of male rape victims and half of female rape victims eventually develop PTSD. Other life events that are thought to be triggers for anxiety disorders include war, being assaulted, natural disasters, work stress, job changes, family and relationship problems, and the death or loss of a loved one. (source)

 

  1. THERE ARE SEVERAL PHYSICAL CAUSES OF ANXIETY

An overactive thyroid and low blood sugar have been correlated with the presence of anxiety disorders. Caffeine and certain cold medications can also lead to or intensify an anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder has been linked to elevated cortisol levels in saliva. Studies also conflict as to whether low serotonin levels (which are also linked to depression) can cause anxiety disorders, or whether anxiety disorders can lead to low serotonin levels.

 

  1. THERE ARE SEVERAL PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY

Anxiety disorders manifest physically in a variety of ways, all of them unpleasant. Physical indicators include heart palpitations, dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, shaking, nightmares, irritability, muscle tension, sexual dysfunction, headaches, and nausea.

 

  1. THERE ARE SEVERAL ILLNESSES THAT CAN RESULT FROM ANXIETY

Anxiety can lead to a whole array of health problems. Among them are heart disease, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, infertility problems, acne, cancer, cirrhosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even damaged brain cells.

 

  1. SOME GROUPS ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER ANXIETY DISORDERS THAN OTHERS

Research has shown that women are twice as likely as men to develop chronic anxiety. White and Hispanic women are more likely than Asian and African American women to suffer from anxiety. Across the world, people younger than 35 are more likely to develop anxiety disorders than older people. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people have a higher rate of anxiety disorders than heterosexual people. Being poor and/or recently divorced can also make someone more likely to develop an anxiety disorder.

 

  1. THERE ARE SEVERAL TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

One of the most prevalent types is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which is characterized by excessive and unrealistic worrying for at least six months. It affects about six million Americans. Social Anxiety Disorder involves an intense fear of social situation and afflicts an estimated 15 million Americans. Panic Disorder is characterized by panic attacks and all the physical symptoms that come with it; it affects roughly six million Americans. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder results from traumatic life events and is the only anxiety disorder that affects men and women equally. Other anxiety disorders include Phobias and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

 

  1. HERE ARE SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER

Are you constantly besieged by worry, panic, and fear? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you always feel restless or on edge? Having trouble concentrating? Are you irritable or constantly in a bad mood? Are you argumentative or pessimistic? Are you a perfectionist to the point where it causes you trouble in your day-to-day life? You may have an anxiety disorder, and it would help to see a professional. (source)

 

  1. THERE ARE MANY TREATMENT METHODS TO HELP WITH YOUR ANXIETY

The array of proven effective treatment methods for anxiety disorders include:

  • Talk therapy, whether with a psychologist, a friend, or a support group
  • Medication, including SSRIs, beta blockers, and benzodiazepines such as Xanax
  • A healthy diet that includes fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein
  • Meditation, exercise, and yoga.

 

There’s no need to suffer the agony of chronic anxiety forever. If you suspect that you have an anxiety disorder, consult a professional and start living fully again!

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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