Walk away from negative energy

Walking across the Yorkshire Moors this half term on a beautiful, crisp, cold day with my family, I marvelled at the beauty of the surroundings and wondered how we allow ourselves to be sapped by energy so often, when we can choose to be in a more positive place.

It is a common experience that we appreciate the positive energy of nature, away from the “real world” but we eventually have to return. When we compare the calm, centred and happy feelings we have when on vacation with the hectic world of our day to day, we all know there is a difference in our internal energy.

The thinking is that human thoughts represent energy which attaches to other physical objects or people nearby. Nature is more isolated from people’s thoughts and so is more positive. Negative thought energy creates stronger, more prevailing energy patterns so worry, stress, anger and fear for instance last longer than peace, relaxation and happiness. The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui is based on this premise – that negative energy needs something to cling onto.

So what can be done?

Be conscious of negativity and negative energy and walk away from it when you are aware it is around.

Declutter your life – both practically in your environment and in your mind. We all know how satisfying a good purge is so we create a more open space and creative environment. In Feng Shui, the thought is that re-arranging space can dissipate negative energy.

Stop seeing people who drain you – ask yourself, what matters more, keeping in contact with a person you aren’t keen on, or being positive and happy in yourself? If it isn’t possible to discontinue being with them, be conscious to keep time with them at a minimum.

Keep balanced and don’t think negative thoughts about others – it is a sure fire way to keep a negative cycle inside you. Find a way to let these thoughts go and move on.

Break your pattern with noise such as loud music or singing! This is why the Chinese love fireworks. Loud noises break up energy patterns and allow them to disperse.

Get outside. Breathe fresh air away from your desk. Focus on the world around you through all the five senses. 

Add living plants to your environment. Bring the outdoors inside. Plants provide colour and oxygen and positive energy to your home. But make sure you look after them so they flourish and prosper.

A friend of mine is a therapist and she says that sunlight is a positive energy that washes away any negative energy – it is like pouring pure cold stream water onto you, so you are rinsed of anything negative that is there. Think about it – when was the last time you were depressed after a day in the park?


To contact Gill McKay, please email her at