Sometimes life is hard enough, without having to deal with negative energy, people who don’t have your best interests at heart or toxic relationships. While these things are less than ideal, there are ways in which you can protect yourself from that negative energy and self-preserve your own wellbeing. Today we’re going to be talking through some simple activities you can do which help to reduce these negative scenarios impacting you. The more you practice these, the better you will get at deflecting these feelings and it’ll be like water off a duck’s back – you’ll breeze through and feel like you won’t be giving anyone else power over your feelings except you.

Make peace with what has hurt you

We’re coming in strong with something that isn’t necessarily easy. That being said, it’s vitally important that you do some digging into who and what has hurt you in the past because otherwise this will continue to negatively affect you and your state of wellbeing. This may not be a job you can tackle on your own, though, and you may need the help of a therapist or counsellor if you’re dealing with sensitive subject matter. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help tackling these things.

Decompress when you need to

Life has its tricky moments, that’s for sure. So don’t be afraid to take some time out of a scenario where you need to clear your head. For example, you may need to step away from a discussion to prevent it becoming a heated argument. You may have got some bad news and you need some time to process it and come to terms with it. It’s important that you take this time to do so, otherwise it may come rearing its head later and catch you off guard. If that happens, it’s okay too, but making sure you aren’t burying any feelings is a good way to not let them overwhelm you. Take the time you need to do what’s best for your wellbeing.

Learn to master your emotions and reactions

Often, we come from a place of reaction, rather than response. That can make for emotional outbursts and blurting out something which may make everything worse. Especially when it comes to talking about our feelings; it’s a common reaction to get defensive and standoffish as a way of preserving ourselves. Mastering our emotions is a key way to not letting negative energy effect is and bring out our unhelpful coping mechanisms. A healthy way to navigate a discussion with a friend, loved one or a stranger, is to calmly approach the topic with open-mindedness. Try and both understand where both sides are coming from, and do so from a place of compassion. Not only will this make discussions much more productive, it helps protect you from being brought down by negative energies.

Meditate, exercise, cleanse your space or journal (or all of them!)

Have a space where you can outlet your emotions; negative, positive, the works. Having this outlet is a way to balance those feelings you may have. This outlet will be different for everybody; some people prefer to diffuse those negative energies (picked up from themselves or somebody else) by doing a vigorous workout. Somebody else may prefer to meditate and undertake a visualisation where all of the negative feelings are dissipating and being replaced with love, joy and contentment. Another method is to cleanse those energies with reiki healing, using crystals or having a holistic healing treatment. These are of course not for everyone, but trying something new can never hurt; you may enjoy it! A tried and true practice for protecting yourself from negative energy is by journaling your thoughts and feelings. Having a notebook to put down those thoughts without holding back is a way to remove those thoughts from ruminating in your mind and plaguing you. Once they’re down on paper you’re free to forget about them, to no longer let them bring you down or negatively impact your wellbeing.

Remind yourself that you are full of magic

Now, we know this sounds a little cheesy, but run with us for a moment. Sometimes we all doubt ourselves, right? We all have moments where we feel less than enough. But in order to protect ourselves from negative energy (which may be of our own doing!) is to remind ourselves just how magical we are. You don’t have to be fancy with this, it can be as simple and as regular as brushing your teeth. While you look in the mirror while brushing your teeth, say to yourself “I am worthy, I am loved, I am enough.” You can get as creative as you want here, you can make them specific to a goal you’re working on, an anxiety you may have, and so on. A good way to remind yourself is by making mini affirmation cards or post-it notes in places you frequent a lot, such as on a mirror, or by your kettle. Just little reminders of your inner sparkle and the magic you bring to the world. You could even print out our monthly affirmation cards from our Instagram page @welshwitch_craftspirits.

We are here to remind you how special and loved you are, but despite all that, sometimes negative energy still happens. The important thing is to remember that it will pass and better days will be on their way soon. We hope these have been a useful guide to protecting your energy and ways you can look after your mental wellbeing.

Love and light,
Welsh Witch HQ x