The world is a pretty divisive place right now. But if there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s this: 2020 was rough. Like, really rough. So as we embrace 2021 and look for ways to make this year the anti-2020, you may want to consider re-energizing your living space. In other words, let’s get rid of some of that bad 2020 juju and replace it with good 2021 juju!
Here are eight ways you can fill your space with positive energy.
- Sage that baby. Whether you’re a believer in the healing power of the Earth or not, sageing (or “smudging”) has been shown to change the mood of a room by changing the mood of its inhabitants. American Indians practiced this ancient ritual; and modern science has proven it is healthy for you too. Colleen McCann, an energy practitioner, says, “Scientists have observed that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria in a space and disinfect the air. When sage is burned, it releases negative ions, which is linked to putting people into a positive mood.” Just be sure to open a window first, and buy high-quality sage: California White Sage or White Sage Smudge Stick.
- Fill your space with light. Our bodies need and crave sunlight, so during the day, keep those blinds and curtains open! Don’t worry what the neighbors think; you’ll be too busy living your best life to care. For evening and nighttime hours, consider bright lighting; they actually help you concentrate, allowing you to get more done! Also be mindful of where you place mirrors; if you angle your mirrors by a window or a lamp, the light will reflect off the mirror and bounce around the room (even more fun if you have a kitty!).
- Create your own art. Display a piece of art that you created! You don’t have to be a professional; the idea is to create something that you love, and then enjoy it. Whether it’s a painting you made at a class, a piece of pottery, or a photo in a handmade frame, the idea is that YOU created the piece with your hands, and it’s now filling your space. Beautiful, wonderful YOU!
- Display memories. Speaking of art, if you’ve collected art or handmade crafts from places you’ve been, local artists, or just activities that bring back good memories, display those, as well. Anything that is going to bring up cherished memories or make you smile is worth having on display!
- Diffuse lavender oil. Lavender is both antibacterial (we love anything that’s antibacterial, don’t we?) and has a calming effect (even better!). Keep us clean and keep us calm. That could’ve been the motto for 2020; but there’s no reason we can’t take that with us into 2021.
- Organize and purge! Maybe you used your time in quarantine to do this already, but nothing re-energizes a space more than getting rid of things! Want to start small? Go through every room in your house and find five things in each room that you don’t need. A good rule of thumb to follow is, if you can’t remember the last time you used it, get rid of it!
- Add some greenery. Plants are not only beautiful, but they also provide your living space with increased oxygen. Feeling closed in? Get some oxygen-producing plants to literally breathe life into your home. Before investing in your very own jungle, though, consider the amount of light your space has, the amount of time you have, and invest in plants that work with your space, time, and lifestyle. Just as green plants will re-energize and oxygenate your space, dead plants would certainly have the opposite effect!
- When all else fails, move some furniture around. Don’t know feng shui? It’s okay. Simply moving furniture around can give you a new perspective. Literally. Yesterday the TV was there. Today it’s here. It’s amazing what moving a few chairs or a bed around can do for your mood. The change in perspective can give you the feeling of a brand-new start. Just what you need.
So try a few of these re-energizers. Or all of them! And start transforming your 2021 into the year that YOU want it to be. And if you’re ready to start transforming your health, check out our 28-day Transformation Kit: 28 days to a healthier, happier you to go along with your healthier, happier living space! Yay 2021!