8 Ways to Create a Home Filled with More Positive Energy

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How does the energy in your home make you feel?

Most of us overlook the energy of our home but many others have believed in its importance for centuries. For example, Feng shui, used for 3,500+ years, is a philosophy that aims to harmonize the energy of a place. It incorporates many considerations—like astronomy, where sunlight enters the room, and which materials can reflect or absorb this sunshine.

While I was skeptical of Feng shui for decades, I have noticed that places designed with Feng shui principles are noticeably more peaceful. 

In this article, we don't get into Feng shui. But we share 8 practical tips that not only increase positive energy but can also enhance the conditions that support health, moods, sleep, and wellbeing. 

Why It’s Important to Bring Positive Energy Into Your Home

Your home should be your sanctuary—a space for you and your family members to unwind the day's accumulated stresses, recharge your soul and energy, heal, and simply enjoy being together.

However, most homes are thought of as a place to "house" their stuff, eat, sleep, and relax. Increasingly, people are realizing that de-cluttering can clear the mind and soul. But there is much more opportunity to clear negative—and event toxic—influences in our homes.

Home should be a safe, nontoxic, restorative, and uplifting environment.

8 Ways to Bring More Positive Energy Into Your Home

1. Let the sunlight in.

Open the blinds and curtains to let natural light in whenever you can. Sunlight stimulates the production of Vitamin D, a nutrient that is essential for health including healthy bones. Vitamin D also helps alleviate symptoms of depression.

"Over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient," according to a 2010 article in the International Journal of Health Sciences. Since it takes just 15-20 minutes (generally) of sunlight on 40% of your skin to help with your vitamin D production, basking in sunlight indoors can sometimes help your vitamin D levels as well as your mood.

How effective this is for your vitamin D levels depends on various things (like whether your windows are tinted and how much sunlight you absorb) so work with your physicians so that you don't have a false sense of security. Regardless, more sunshine in your home can lift your moods.

Try to keep your windows clean and remove obstructions such as large pieces of furniture that may block your sunlight exposure.

2. Pay attention to indoor lighting.

When sunlight is not readily available (such as during the cold winter months), indoor lighting can help. Poorly lit rooms can make you feel gloomy. In the mornings and during the day, bright light can perk you up. In the evenings, cozy lighting (not too bright) can support your mood while not disrupting your circadian rhythms. I enjoy relying more on salt lamps and selenite lamps (below) after 5pm.

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You could also consider investing in a light therapy lamp, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to the article "Seasonal affective disorder treatment: Choosing a light therapy box" by the Mayo Clinic staff, it can help those with SAD. Again, check with your physicians if you're interested in this.

3. Declutter.

Clutter has various impacts on our brain and hormones—all of which can undermine positive energy.

Clutter can distract the mind, contribute to anxiety and stress—all of which can then disrupt sleep. Clutter also contaminates indoor air and dust, and makes it harder to clean.

You can jumpstart your decluttering process by utilizing the three-box method. Pick three boxes and label them “Keep,” “Storage,” and “Toss” before you begin the decluttering process. Focus on one room at a time to avoid decluttering overwhelm.

4. Invite nature in.

Incorporating nature into your home can help create a more positive and healing atmosphere. Great options include: plants, which can also help improve the air quality in your home; images of nature; natural wood; natural stones; natural fibers; salt lamps; and crystals.

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In addition to adding more houseplants, you can position couches and chairs to face a garden or other green space outside, or place a bird feeder near one of your windows.

5. Pay attention to scent.

Scents are constantly—and often unconsciously—influencing us. They can influence our moods, appetite, and they can also pose harm.

Remove sources of unpleasant odors and use 100% pure essential oils to help create a relaxing and healing home.

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Do not use artificial scents, like air fresheners. Many of them contain toxic ingredients that may be harmful to your health, such as formaldehyde, phthalates, and a chemical compound called 1,4 dichlorobenzene. Instead, use pure essential oil diffusers.

While I save candles for rare occasions, if you use scented candles, choose a brand that does not use paraffin, contaminated oils, synthetic fragrance, and lead wicks. Instead, look for candles made of 100% pure beeswax, a wick made of 100% pure cotton wick, and any scents are 100% pure essential oils.

6. Choose your artwork carefully.

Displaying uplifting, meaningful artwork is a great way to bring positive energy into your home. They can trigger fond memories and feel-good hormones.

Be mindful that color influences our moods too. While a single bright piece of art can uplift the energy of a room, too much color can overwhelm too.

If you want to create a calm, healing space in your home, choose soothing colors, such as pastels and light greys. Looking at images of spas can provide great inspirations.

7. Replace toxic home cleaning products.

A clean home is always going to feel more positive and uplifting than a grimy one.

But be aware that traditional household cleaning products often contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to your mental and physical health. If you want to bring more positive energy into your home, replace your household cleaning products with nontoxic alternatives.

You can find specific brand and product suggestions on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website, or make your own cleaning solutions at home.

8. Do mini-technology detoxes.

Within a few decades, technology has changed our lives dramatically. While it has brought many benefits, there are also serious concerns that accompany it, like digital addiction and unprecedented electromagnetic field (EMF) exposures.

To minimize the negative influences of technology (and bring more positivity into your home), minimize technology in your sleep area. Ideally, you would avoid bringing your phone into your room at night.

Instead, try establishing a “home base” (outside bedroom areas) for your wireless devices and a nightly routine to power them down.

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Also, consider doing a full 24-hour technology detox to see how going tech-free affects your mood and energy. If that feels too hard, start with just one evening of no technology after 8pm. Experiment!

Final Thoughts

If you want to bring more positive energy into your home, it’s important to balance the stressful influences of modern living.

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