Have you ever had one of those days when your spirit feels tainted? When it feels as if some grubby little grinch has left dirty, grimy smudges all over your inner peace?
Sometimes this feeling can come from the outside, from other people and their drama, and sometimes it can come from within, from thoughts inside your head and you find yourself poisoning your own well!
No matter from where it stems, it's imperative you release negative energy as soon as you acquire it.
When this happens to me, it's usually based on other people and their emotional and spiritual baggage, which you'll find most people love to dump on those closest to them and those who happen to cross into the line of fire. Today was one of those days for me and I took action right away, determined to find my center and abandon the dark heaviness of contagious crap. Here's how I did it:
1. Start Your Day with Fresh Veggie & Fruit Juice:
When your spirit feels boggled down with crap, one of the worst things you can do is boggle your body down with heavy and unhealthy foods. Start your new day on the right food with fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices to nourish your body while keeping your tummy light. A mixture of leafy green juices like kale and spinach will help move old waste through your body while beet juice will deliver large doses of iron, feeding your red blood cells and helping produce for oxygen.
2. Get Your Household Chores Done:
I love taking care of my home, making sure everything is clean and in its place. I love burning incense, opening all my windows, and washing all my sheets and towels. There is something quite therapeutic about it. When you feel sullied by the world around you or even by your own patterns and thought processes, start anew by cleaning up the space around you. Make everything gleam, glimmer, and smell good. After all, if you want to know everything about a person's mind, first take a look around their home.
3. Get a Workout:
The benefits of exercise are well known. From the release of endorphins to the health benefits to your heart and lungs to the release of toxins from the body, exercise is the perfect way to shed bad energy and recover when your spirit has been compromised.
Personally, I'm not a fan of long, drawn-out workout sessions. I like to get in and out. You don't have to run a marathon to receive the benefits of physical exercise. A minimum of 30 vigorous minutes will do––a brisk, inclined walk or a series of reps as instructed by a workout app. Whatever your method, get it done and release the drama of the day.
4. Take a Steamy Shower or Hot Bath:
There is nothing more naturally soothing than the effects of hot water. When the events or thoughts of the day have left you feeling grimy, rely on the soothing sensation of hot water and steam to relieve and release some pressure. Take your time, add aromatherapy bath salts and gels, if you can, and take your time. The bathroom is the only place where you can close the door, lock it, and be alone without seeming anti-social. Take full advantage!
5. Have Breakfast in Bed:
There is something so juvenile, so indigenous about eating in bed. It takes me back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and Jello pudding cups. So, on tough days when I need to find my center, I do it with a big bowl of cereal and bananas with almond milk. I crawl back into bed, find something good to watch on TV and find my happiness.
6. Pamper Your Hands, Feet, and/or Face:
Renewing yourself after you have been sullied by bad energy or a series of unfortunate events can take all day, as you can tell by the number of tips on this list. But it wouldn't be complete without a mani/pedi and/or a facial. No need to visit your local salon; use what you have at home to revamp your weary skin or raggedy nails. Take the time to take care of yourself.
7. Make Dinner
Even and especially if you don't know how to cook––make dinner! Take it one step further and make something you've never made or eaten. Think of something you'd like to eat or maybe your favorite cook. Watch food centric channels and get ideas, buy the ingredients you'll need, and make something different! Cooking can be therapeutic and cathartic, especially if you include your significant other and/or kids or even a friend.
8. Make Love
Seriously. When you're having a stressful day or feel weighted down by heavy or stagnant energies, sex is a miracle worker. Naturally, sex is best when had with a trusted partner who loves you, who cherishes your mind and spirit more than your body. Take in your partner and let him/her ease the stress of an off-color day.
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