In my post about self-care in challenging times, I wrote about being conscious of what we take into our minds and bodies. This can include food and drink, media consumption, ideas, and conversations, just to name a few. We are constantly absorbing things around us whether we are aware of it or not.
Similarly, we emit energy into the world, though we may not be conscious of this either. We may think we are solid beings, but we are actually made of energy. And because of that, we are always vibrating, and these vibrations have different frequencies. Our physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional states combine to create our vibrational frequency at any given time.
Why is raising your vibration so important?
When we exude negativity, criticalness, judgment, and intolerance, our vibration is low. When we emanate positivity, joy, peace, and acceptance, our vibration is high. Many people say that we get back what we put out, and though I don’t 100% agree with that, I do believe that what we put out can have a large impact on what we receive.
After all, someone is more likely to smile at you if you smile at them first. If you move through the world with a high vibration, people are more likely to be friendly to you and want to be around you. Like attracts like.
We all know someone who’s a Negative Nelson or a Debbie Downer with a lot of drama, and they’re not fun to be around! Even if they don’t mean to, those people unconsciously send that negativity out into the world and receive a lot of negativity in return.
How do you know when your energy is low?
Here are a few signs that your vibration is low:
- You feel uninspired and disconnected from your passions
- Pessimism and pervasive limiting beliefs
- Low motivation and depression
- Lethargy and other health problems
- You seem to be attracting negativity and encountering a lot of obstacles
Does this sound like your current state? Everyone around you can probably feel that too. Here are some tips for raising your vibration and feeling better.
Tips for raising your vibration
Take care of your body
Eating healthfully, staying hydrated, sleeping well, and moving so energy doesn’t get stuck in your body can help with raising your vibration and your mood. If you’re feeling low, try drinking a glass of water, eating something green, or taking a short walk.
Mind your outlook
Be conscious of your general attitude, which includes how you think about the world and what happens to you.
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to be happy all the time. This is not about being a Pollyanna! You can still be sad, angry, and frustrated sometimes. Those feelings are normal and human, after all. But you don’t have to wallow in those feelings or make them your usual state of being. You can take ownership of your feelings instead of acting those feelings out on others.
You can still retain a positive, optimistic outlook even if you’re feeling sad and things aren’t going the way you’d like them to.
Honesty and authenticity
Are you truly being yourself or trying to be someone or something you’re not?
Others can sense when we’re being phony or dishonest. Ask yourself if what you’re putting out there is authentic and honest, if you’re consistent, or if you’re all over the map. Are you acting with integrity, or changing with the winds?
Watch your focus…and your language
There was a time when I was young when I kept thinking I was unlucky. People would comment on me being unlucky and I started believing it. The Law of Attraction states that what we focus on grows stronger, and I was focusing on being unlucky. Unsurprisingly, things would happen to me that I didn’t like and I’d feel even more unlucky. It became a self-perpetuating cycle.
At some point I grew tired of that story and decided to let it go. Every time anything unpleasant happened, I’d see it as good fortune. And my life changed! When I changed my outlook, my feelings about my life changed and I no longer felt like life was an uphill battle.
A lot of us resist the idea of accepting reality as it is because we think this means resigning ourselves to circumstances we don’t like. Instead, it is taking ownership for your part in a situation and knowing you have the ability to choose. It is accepting that what is happening is happening, and that you can choose how to respond and what to do next.
That way, you will put out an energy of power and positivity rather than victimhood and self-pity. It’s learning how to not take things personally. For example, if a person is abrupt with us, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with us. We don’t have to take it as a personal attack or be harsh back. We can choose how to respond according to what we value. We might even be able to feel compassion for that person.
“There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. ‘Put yourself in the way of beauty.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Your intentions can massively affect your energy. If you intend to send out positivity, you are more likely to do so.
But sometimes, you just won’t feel happy. You don’t have to force yourself to act like everything is fine, but you can do a few things to change your neurochemistry and boost your mood (and your energy) at the same time. Even smiling can help. This doesn’t mean you have to walk around with a phony smile, but it doesn’t hurt to just smile for a few seconds to perk up your mood. Even the physical act can help you change your outlook.
You can also do anything you associate with happiness to boost your mood. Try dancing, watching a funny movie, playing with a pet, or spending time with young children.
Be conscious of what you’re taking in. If you’re feeling low, take a closer look at the conversations you’re having, the books you’re reading, the shows you’re watching, and the news you’re consuming.
Raising your vibration will help raise the collective vibration in our world. If you want to live in a better, happier world where people are thriving, connected, and supported, start with what YOU are sending out. This is an important step to healing.