Whether you believe in energies or auras surrounding spaces is your personal decision.
However, whether you believe or not, one thing we can all agree on is the fact that sometimes a space just feels ‘off’.
In the case of messy or dirty places, this feeling is clear, but sometimes the cause of a general feeling of negativity towards a certain place or space can be harder to pinpoint.
Think about your own home, do you ever find that there are certain rooms you gravitate to more than others?
How you may enjoy relaxing in some places, and working in others, yet there are others that you subconsciously avoid entirely?
The cause of this is usually the negative energy that is emitting from that space.
There are many reasons why this space may be viewed as negative in your subconscious mind, and as I mentioned, some are more difficult to figure out than others.
You may also find that the way you feel towards a room sours or sweetens depending on the changes made to the space.
If you work from home like me, this can be very inconvenient, as you need to make sure that your workspace is arranged in a way that supports a healthy mind, body, and spirit, which will allow you to increase and maintain peak productivity.
In this article, I’ve considered some of the factors that can make my own space difficult to work or relax in, as well as some of the solutions which I have found have helped me to cleanse my space of negative energy.
5 Signs Of Negative Energy in Your House and How to Clear It
1. Feeling Tense or Unable to Relax in your Space
Think about your home as a variety of spaces, you need spaces for physical needs such as the kitchen, toilet, and bathroom, places for activity such as an office space or garden, and spaces to relax such as a bedroom, or a lounge.
Without a designated relaxing space you’re likely to feel more stressed, anxious, and tired.
Over time this may morph into physical symptoms such as stomach aches and headaches, so a place to relax really is essential!
You should try to keep your relaxing space as clean and clutter-free as possible.
A messy space is a stressful space because you’ll constantly be looking at the dirt or clutter and be thinking about cleaning it, instead of focusing on your relaxing activity or just spacing out.
Make it part of your relaxation ritual that before you settle down, you quickly clear away any mess.
Keeping on top of things on a daily basis means that tidying up your space takes minutes to do and not hours; giving you more time to rest and relax.
When creating a space to relax in, you should be careful of your choice of colors. Avoid bright, over-stimulating colors and instead opt for more muted tones.
Make sure to pick colors which bring you joy. Many people find blue to be a relaxing color, but this is not always the case.
I personally find blue to be quite a cold and depressing color, so I avoid the excessive use of blue within my home.
I really enjoy yellow, so for me soft creams and muted mustard tones are perfect for my relaxation space. Experiment with what works for you.
Once you have sorted out the visuals of your space, you next want to consider the other senses.
Firstly, let’s think about touch.
If your chosen chair, sofa, or bed, has worn springs, or feels as hard as a church pew, then it is no wonder you can’t relax.
The same goes for texture. If your sheets are coarse, or your sofa is made from itchy material then settling down isn’t going to be comfortable.
Try laying a soft blanket over your sofa, as this will be much comfier, and invest in a quality mattress when your time and budget allows!
Scent is another factor that can impact your relaxation.
No one wants to try to chill out in a space that smells of leftover curry or stinky socks – I’m sure we’ve all experienced the odorous delights of a teenage bedroom at some point in our lives and don’t want to repeat the experience!
Try lighting incense or a candle in your relaxation space, or use essential oils to surround yourself with a smell that you find calming.
Lavender and clary sage are great for reducing anxiety and smell wonderful too!
I also find the deep woodsy aroma of Nag Champa incense to be a particular delight.
Lastly, turn your attention to the noise in your space.
Personally I find the ticking of a clock to be irksome, and also stressful. It makes me aware that time is passing, and with each tick I feel my time of relaxation ticking to an end.
Others find the background hum of electronics to be particularly grating.
Whatever it is, try to remove irritating sources of noise from your calming space, so there is no distraction to come between you and enjoying whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed.
2. Feeling Unmotivated or Unfocused in your Space
Some spaces in your home are designated to productivity, such as an office, studio, or kitchen.
However, with negative energy in your space it can be hard to focus on the task at hand, and you may find your productivity within that space drops, or that you are reluctant to instigate activity in the space in general.
On a similar vein to the first point of this article, you should try to limit clutter in your workspace.
This is because clutter creates a visual distraction leading to overstimulation, which makes it harder to focus on your project.
Even if your space is tidy, you should ideally avoid having anything that is highly patterned, features text, or vivid imagery within eye line of your workspace.
This is because the eye will naturally be drawn away from your project and to the visual distraction regularly as you work, even if you don’t realize this is happening.
Keep your workspace clean and tidy. At the end of each day, put any sheets, pens, or notebooks away to avoid mess.
A cluttered space leads to cluttered thoughts, so if while working you find yourself a regular sufferer of brain fog, then you likely have some negative energy that needs clearing in your work room.
Avoid strong scents.
While strong scents can be great when it comes to calming yourself down after a long day, when working strong scents can become distracting, and, if you’re spending a long time in a small room, they can lead to headaches and clouded thoughts.
If you find incense helps channel your mind for example, then opt for light floral scents, as opposed to heavier earthy scents such as sandalwood and amber.
I find burning a candle in my workspace helps me to channel positive energy, but I always stick to a fresh apple scent, or a gentle peony aroma.
Make sure you air your workspace regularly.
A stuffy, confined space can be a breeding ground for negative energy, allowing it to build up and infuse your room.
While in the winter months cracking open a window as you work isn’t the best idea, try opening the window for half an hour when you’ve finished your task.
This will let much needed fresh air in and will clear the negative energy from your room.
In the spring and summer months try to have your window open as much as possible.
Not only will this leave your workspace feeling fresh and vibrant, but the sounds of nature such as birdsong are proven to reduce stress levels and create an ambient soundtrack to a productive day.
3. Feeling Anxious, Restless, or Overwhelmed in your Space
Have you ever had a time when you dreaded coming home? Or dreaded entering a certain room or space?
This is usually because of a buildup of negative energy that is overwhelming to face.
Like with many of the points in this article, this can often be caused by clutter or mess.
It really is true that a tidy space helps to foster a tidy mind, so, with spring rapidly approaching, try giving your home a spring clean.
One of the largest draws of negative energy within the home are second hand or antique objects.
So if you’re a collector like I am, you need to make sure to cleanse these objects when they enter your home.
Objects can hold onto their history and the energy placed within them from previous owners.
The energy signature can then fill your space with negative energy, or energy that is foreign to your home, causing things to be thrown off-balance.
To help clear negative energy from objects there are several things you can do.
Depending on your own spiritual outlook there are a variety of cleansing rituals that you could partake in.
However, I prefer the simpler route. Whenever a new second-hand item enters my home, I make sure to wash it or clean it.
This not only removes any grime on the object, but also cleanses its energy.
This may sound crazy but it also gives me time to connect with, and appreciate the object, giving the item more meaning when placed in my home.
I also make sure to repair my objects as soon as possible.
I don’t believe in throwing perfectly good or treasured objects away just because they have become damaged.
However, in regards to keeping negative energy at a minimum it is important to repair broken items quickly.
Regularly being confronted with broken objects in your space can make you feel restless and anxious.
4. Feeling Uninspired in your Space
You should always make sure that your home is as inspiring and spiritually nourishing as possible.
This will help you to consistently view your home in a positive light, and will help show negative energy the door.
A spot of feng-shui can help make sure that your space is an engaging and inspiring place to be.
By rearranging your furniture into a way that makes sense to you you’re not only making it easier to navigate your space, but you’re also claiming ownership of your space.
You can rearrange your furniture as much as you like, in fact it can be a great way to spruce up a room without spending a single cent!
You should also fill your space with things that bring you joy.
Nowadays people can often get too hung up on aesthetics, thinking their home has to be a white box with rose gold and pastel accents.
I don’t know about you but that look just isn’t me. I find spaces that are homely and lived in to be much more inspiring.
As I mentioned, my favorite color is yellow, so I try to add elements of this color to my spaces to bring me joy and inspiration.
In cases of rented spaces, there can be furniture or design choices which can make your space uninspiring to you.
Luckily, there are lots of canny ways that you can cover these signs.
A large blanket thrown over an ugly sofa for example, can help shield the unsightly piece of furniture from your view, and has the added benefit of making the seat more comfortable, whereas ugly marks of fixtures on the wall can be nicely covered with a wall hanging of your choice.
5. Insomnia and Struggling to Sleep in your Space
A classic sign of negative energy flowing through your space is the inability to sleep, or not feeling rested after sleeping.
Just like how spaces to relax and work in need to be specifically organized to allow these activities to happen and keep bad energy at bay, the space you sleep in also needs to be carefully curated.
Just like when trying to focus in your work space, you should remove anything that is over stimulating from view when you rest in your bed.
You should also avoid any strong scents.
Instead, just like relaxing you may find than some lavender or clary sage essential oil dotted on your pillow or pajamas will help you to slip into a deeper sleep.
Just like when relaxing, avoid over stimulating sounds if possible, and definitely remove anything that ticks from your space!
Focusing on the ticking of clock when trying to sleep is only likely to leave you frustrated, as it will remind you of how long it is taking you to settle.
In the morning, be sure to take the time to fluff your pillows and shake out your sheets before making your bed.
Airing out your bedding helps remove any negative energy that has been stagnating. Making your bed has the benefit of mentally preparing you for the day ahead and is a great time to sneak in some mindfulness too.
Lastly, a freshly made bed helps make your bedroom look far neater and more inviting.
This means if your bedroom is also a place where you work, you’ll be able to focus better, if a place of creativity, ideas should start to flourish, and if it’s your place to relax you should find that when the day comes to an end you settle into a restful sleep much more easily.