The Holidays are almost always super stressful. You spend an inordinate amount of time cleaning, cooking, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, etc. Something, or many things, always goes wrong. Someone misses a flight or their plane is delayed. Someone ends up stranded or gets stuck in the weather… The weather where they live, obviously, San Diego is 24/7 gorgeous.
My point is, there are multiple causes of holiday stress. All of those causes contribute to collected stressful energy in your environment (home, office, etc). That energy then impacts your health, long after the present time stressors have gone. You may still be feeling that failed pie, burnt turkey, cheap wine and mean comments from crotchety family members through January.
If you’re like me and you stress about prep, you could inadvertently be bombarding family members and friends with that energy when they come visit. Your home looks like a home. You had several breakdowns making sure that it does. But did you take the time to clear out the tense anxious energy before your guests arrived?
Research on Environment and Health
According the the University of Minnesota, there are three primary ways your environment affects you.
My Space Needs Cleansing. Now What?
Set aside some time. I know that’s harder than it sounds, but that’s why I’m telling you now! If you don’t know what a space cleansing is, take a look at “What is a Space Cleansing Anyway?” My last house cleansing was long overdue, and just the first half of it took nearly an hour. It’s worth it to be thorough. Another house cleansing I performed just last week was also lengthy, but my client told me that night was the first time her six-year-old daughter slept until morning without having night terrors.
It’s worth it to spend some time cleansing your space, and it’s not super pricey! Check out our other blog, “Top 7 Things You Can Do to #CleanseMySpace.” If it’s been a long time since you last cleansed your space, if you’ve never cleansed your space, if you don’t have the time or you feel overwhelmed, get in touch. Do it for your grandma with high blood pressure, your argumentative sister, your super loud, and kind of rude, uncle - and most importantly - do it for you.
Melissa Meade is a certified Reiki and Shamanic Practitioner in San Diego. Learn more about Warrior of the Light Reiki now.
Have you ever been rearranging the furniture in your home or office, pulled back a particularly large dresser or desk and been shocked at all the dust you find behind it? The room looked so clean before you started, but in the places you couldn’t see, the dirt, dust and maybe cat hair was having a party.
Energy affects your home in a similar way. Your kitchen is spotless, so why do you still feel anxious when you’re trying to make a cup of coffee? Why does it feel heavy in your bedroom even after you’ve made the bed?
Think about the activity in your home on a regular basis. Do you have the occasional tiff with your significant other? Did you have a depressive episode on your couch in the last few months? What about visitors? Have you been someone’s shoulder to cry on? Did Mom come smother you for a few days?
All of these activities, and more, have a lingering energetic effect on your home. In most cases, those pockets of energy can have lasting effects on your health long after the event. Fights with roommates and partners can steadily increase. Depressive episodes and general anxiety can ramp up too. On the less dramatic end, you can honestly just feel incredibly uncomfortable in your own home.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to move. I promise. Try a space cleansing instead.
Space Cleansing - an ancient practice
Space Cleansing is an incredibly long-lived practice. Priests have done it with incense and sound since the existence of Churches. Tribal peoples have done it with sage and other herbs for thousands of years. Space cleansing and clearing is also used in conjunction with other energetic practices, like feng shui and energy healing. In a space cleansing, we use tangible objects and directed energy to absorb and ultimately get rid of negative energy that lingers in a space. Almost every culture on the planet has practices they use to cleanse spaces and people. It’s an old, but very effective, practice.
Everyone can benefit from it, and everyone can do it. With simple space cleansing tools and the right mindset, anyone can go through their home and get rid of the extra baggage.
Do I Need a Space Cleansing?
Probably. Everyone does from time to time. When’s the last time you cleansed your space? How are you feeling in your home? The most important times to get a space cleansing are when your space has gone through a major event (or is about to).
The above is just a sampling, but if you’re feeling uncomfortable in your home, break out the sage or try one of the the suggestions in Top 7 Things You Can Do To #CleanseMySpace
If the above suggestions don’t work for you, reach out. Hit me up on Facebook or Instagram and tell me what’s going on in your space. I’d love to help.
I can’t wait to see how you cleanse your space. Let me know what works for you. Let me know what doesn’t. I want to know.
Melissa Mead is a certified Reiki and Shamanic Practitioner in San Diego. Learn more about Warrior of the Light Reiki now.