February can be such a brutal month! Although it’s short, it’s also dark and cold. We’re all more than ready for spring but it still seems far away. Basically, if there was ever a time that your winter blahs to kick in, it’s right about now.
While less severe than chronic issues like depression, battling a seasonal low is still tough. It’s a cycle that’s difficult to get out of: you feel down, so you stay at home, then you feel worse and on it goes.
Basically, once your vibe starts a downward trajectory, it becomes increasingly difficult to raise it! And that’s why marathon Netflix sessions suddenly seem preferable to pretty much everything else.
Low vibrations can manifest many types of symptoms but here are ten common ones:
10 Symptoms of A Low Vibration
- feeling like you’re in a funk
- low energy levels (or sleeping a lot)
- chronic illness (or constantly catching every cold that comes along)
- feeling the need to escape via drinking, drugs, TV etc.
- frequent accidents
- feeling needy
- feeling stuck
- multiple strained relationships simultaneously
Right? Doesn’t that all sound oh so February-esque? But not all hope is lost until the spring.
Stopping and resetting the energy just requires a targeted approach. And there are some smart and specific actions you can take to turn it all around.
10 Ways To Raise Your Vibration
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #1:
1. Go Healthy
The things we choose to fuel ourselves with make a massive difference to how we feel, both energetically and physically. Whole natural foods will always raise your vibration much more than junk food or fast food ever could. But you don’t have to go vegan or go on a cleanse to benefit from clean eating. Just make the effort try to opt for healthy food choices as often as you can. It’s an overall healthier way to eat anyway; but you’ll also feel more balanced and in-tune with yourself as a result.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #2:
If you’ve found yourself hunched over your desk for days on end and you’re feeling rundown, it’s time to get up and literally shake that stuff right out. Bodies hold tension and negative energy, especially when they’re stagnant. So if you’re in a funk, one of the first things to do is go for a run or walk to get that energy going. Take a yoga class, go out dancing or just do some gentle stretches at your desk. It’ll shift your vibe almost immediately.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #3:
Pump Up The Music
Music is pure vibration so of course it has a huge effect on how we feel. (My personal pet theory for why dance floors facilitate bonding experiences is because they put everyone on the same literal vibration. We feel more intune with those around us because we actually are.) Pick your music wisely. I like to throw on some Tibetan singing bowl recordings or chanting when I really need a vibrational hit. The music that you love always has an uplifting effect so crank it and feel those vibes lifting.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #4:
Just like the food we put in our bodies, the things we put on our bodies also have an effect on our vibration levels. If you’ve been feeling down, try switching your body products over to something natural to see what a difference it makes. (I swear by coconut oil as a body moisturizer and I use argan oil in my hair.) It might not be possible to switch out everything but do what you can. Give yourself a week or two with your new routine to really see the effects.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #5:
A deep belly laugh is a truly beautiful thing! It announces our unadulterated appreciation for the moment at hand. It’s difficult to fake! Plus the very sound of laughter is a great thing to listen to!
Of course, when you’re feeling down the trick is how to acquire this precious laughter – and that’s a personal thing. I know that any time I’m hanging with good friends I’ll probably be howling at one point or another! But if hanging with friends isn’t an option, you can also get your laughter from a good TV show or cat videos on YouTube. Either way, when that urge to laugh comes let it out in full! Never ever try to damp down such a wonderful gift!
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #6:
Singing is another vibration that we can create in our own bodies. So an at-home karaoke session – the kind where you really let loose – is a brilliant way to raise your vibration. Singing is a naturally happy thing; there’s something in our nature that compels us to do it.
I’m not alone in my thinking here! Brian Eno is a huge fan of singing in a group setting. He suggests the practice correlates with “a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness and a better sense of humor.”
So um yeah, sold.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #7:
Water, being another natural element, is infused with a naturally high vibration – which is why you always feel better after taking a shower! If you’re feeling low or down, treat yourself to a long bath (or shower) just because. Go the extra mile by making it a luxurious event with bath salts or bubbles. Swimming in a lake or ocean is also effective!
How To Raise Your Vibe Step 8:
Going for a walk in a park or for a hike is a wonderful way to reset your vibration. (I personally like the double whammy of movement plus nature!) But of course you can also just plonk yourself down next to a tree for a while to get the same effect.
If you go this route, be sure to keep off of your phone while you’re at it! Attention is the key here. Take the time to really notice the foliage around you. Let yourself connect with it.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #9:
Writing down your thoughts with no objective is one of the most centering and therapeutic exercises you can do. Want to get in touch with your real self? Spend fifteen minutes unloading the scattered contents of your head onto paper.
Journalling enables a physical release of the contents of our manic monkey brain. Besides allowing us to focus wholly on ourself, it can also help us through mental processes and work through whatever problems we happen to be going through in our life.
How To Raise Your Vibe Step #10:
You were waiting for this one, right? Of course, sitting down and clearing our thoughts is one of the most high-vibe practices we could cultivate. I’m talking about it as much for myself as for any of you because meditation is an ongoing battle. It’s so easy to get out of the habit (or to put off beginning your practice).
Meditation is not about perfection; it’s a process. And raises your vibe fast.
So if you’re feeling stuck, unhappy or stressed, now is the best possible time to get your meditation on.
The way you do it is up to you. (I’ve got some great resources coming up soon so stay tuned!)
I hope this post inspires you to start raising your vibe today!