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10 Signs You Need To Clear Negative Energy From Yourself & How To Clear It

What are the signs you need to clear negative energy from yourself?


Even those of you reading this who aren’t familiar with spirituality have probably used (or at least heard) the term “bad energy” or “negative energy” once or twice.

For instance, people tend to use it if something isn’t happening the way they expected or wanted it to.

Furthermore, people we don’t get along with are often dubbed as someone with “bad energy.”

But does it actually exist?

Well, the truth is, it’s quite a New Age term.

Oftentimes, it’s used to push the blame onto something else. But the truth is, all of us are made up of energy so it’s not something that can truly be blamed.

However, that does not mean that we can’t feel it or get rid of it. Today, we are going to look at the signs and how to cleanse yourself of negative energy.

We won’t lie to you — it might take some practice.

Eventually, you’ll be able to spot your triggers so you can ward off bad energy in the first place.

We will get straight into the details.

We know you don’t want to wait around for positivity!

List Of 10 Signs You Need To Clear Negative Energy From Yourself:

#1 Insatiable Desire For More Stuff

People with negative energy tend to equate buying things with positive emotions. But, in a study published in Neuron, scientists looked at what’s going on in the brain when we think about buying stuff.

They found that when a product image is flashed before people’s eyes, the nucleus accumbens (an area of the brain representing a primary site mediating reward behavior) was lit up when subjects liked what they saw.

Basically, the brain’s pleasure center kicks into gear and floods the brain with dopamine at the very thought of getting something we want.

#2 Being Cold-Hearted

Negative people tend not to be very empathetic or compassionate. Some are quick to condemn and slow to praise. And, some take pleasure in the misfortune of others – a phenomenon known as schadenfreude.

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#3 Being a Complainer

People who spend a lot of time complaining about the shortcomings and transgressions of other people may have excessive negativity. 

Some people rant about sports, others about politics or the local PTA. But the venom comes from the same source – “bad energy.”

Communicate Only To Criticize

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#4 Communicate Only To Criticize

People can be competitive, but persons who feel bitterness either towards others or towards their own life tend to dominate and destroy even in non-aggressive instances and neutral environments.

In conversations, whether it is a peaceful discussion or a heated argument, it is important to have calmness when expressing your stance and respect towards the other person.


#5 No Appreciation

Negative individuals are often blind to how others love and care about them.

Occasionally, they don’t even realize how good people treat them and would often go on a defensive stance when their friends try to give them a piece of advice.

Appreciate your friends and remember that their advice is not meant to harm you.

They are called “friends” for a reason.

READ MORE: Signs Of A Cold-Hearted Person

Memory Problems

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#6 Memory Problems

Negativity affects the very nature of the brain, therefore, be on the lookout for any signs of cognitive issues.

These will be all thanks to spiked levels of cortisol (the “stress hormone”), which psychologists say can cause memory problems, as well as problems creating new memories.


#7 Fear

Panic disorder is common in someone who has a negative mood as their emotions are out of their control, and they don’t know when the highs or lows will strike them.

Furthermore, the fear of having a panic attack or general anxiety is common in individuals who experience extreme mood swings.

Important note – scientists studying panic disorder found that more than 25 percent of the suferrers with anxiety were clinically diagnosable with bipolar disorder.

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#8 Self-Loathing

We all doubt ourselves sometimes. But if someone you know complains about feeling worthless or lacks basic confidence, it could be that they’re feeling down and have a negative view of life.

This can show up in not feeling comfortable speaking up in class or physical insecurities.

Feeling worthless can prevent people from doing things, even simple tasks, which many of us do without thinking.

If you recognize these signs in someone you know, it might be that they are experiencing depression due to their negative energy.

Lack of Motivation


#9 Lack of Motivation

If someone you know never wants to leave the house, they might be having a negative mood.

Occasionally we all need a bit of alone time; nevertheless, if you know someone who avoids engaging with the world, it could be a sign of an underlying issue.


#10 Things Can Get Pretty Intense

According to researchers, the intensity is how high anger gets on a one to 10 scale, with one being calm and 10 being enraged.

Most people can manage their anger before getting to a five on that scale, but people with negative energy have a hard time doing this.

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Ways to Remove Negative Energy

Just Breathe

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#1 Just Breathe

If you feel like you are becoming overwhelmed by negative energy, emotion, or someone else’s negative energy or emotion, then take several minutes to regulate your breathing and reset your thoughts.

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#2 Smudge Your Aura

The smudging ritual is a Native American one, where smoke from dried white sage or other herbs is used to cleanse the aura. Light the end of the smudge stick or bundle and wait until the flame goes out. The stick will be left smoldering and producing smoke.

Encircle the stick around yourself, reaching up and down and front and back as far as you can. The smoke will cleanse your energy as it penetrates your energy field.

Note – herbs that are helpful to use for aura cleansing can include:

  • sweetgrass;
  • lavender;
  • sage.

Tip – you can gently breathe in some of the smudged air.

#3 Say A Purification Mantra

There are many purification mantras that you can say to dispel negative energy. Whichever one you choose to say, make sure that you say it out loud, as this will give it the power that it needs.

Note – when you voice a mantra, you make certain vibrations, which will act against the negative energy.

#4 Being By The Sea

Science has shown the attributes and benefits which come from simply being around water. It induces a meditative and calm state, allowing us a feeling of cool cleansing.

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#5 Set A Strong Intention To Clear These Energies

Place both hands on your heart and say your intention out loud. Repeat your intention a few times.

We gain and lose a lot of power from our Vishuddha (throat) chakra. Use your voice for protection and clearing.

#6 Sunshine and Fresh Air

Sunshine and fresh air have amazing cleansing powers. As the warm kiss of the sunbeams on your face and the wind blows through your hair, the energy of nature will always make you feel anew.

Therefore, if the weather permits, take a walk outside. Feel the cleansing air enter your lungs as you breathe in, then exhale the negative energy and repeat.

#7 Meditate

Love is the highest vibration, and you can infuse yourself and your work and living spaces with a loving meditation where you focus on radiating love to everyone you know.

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Sunday 21st of April 2024

Ira not a new age term


Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

I use holy water. It works for me. This is available in any catholic church for free. I use a small fine mist sprayer as though it was smudge only without the ash and odor. If anyone asks if I need anything, I say nope just getting some holy water. No one thinks anything of it.

Ali T

Monday 14th of August 2023

I have found this information really good! I will be using it in my life. And also smudging. Thank you for sharing.

Sidik Kadir

Friday 8th of September 2023

@Ali T,

Karen Peak

Friday 25th of June 2021


Heidi Barr

Monday 31st of May 2021

I'm in Grand Rapids area how can I get sage without big goose chase?