Besides your home, the workplace stands as the second most significant space where you spend the majority of your time outside of family. It also plays an important role in boosting your work energy and helping you be productive. Hence, taking care of your workplace is crucial.
At work, encountering stress, challenging situations, and complex emotions is inevitable. Over time, these can accumulate, creating a sense of unease in your working environment. Here are some simple and easy-to-follow tips to help you refresh and clear negative energy in the workplace, which will undoubtedly benefit you and make you feel more inspired and happy at work.
So, let’s get started
Signs that your workplace may benefit from a cleanse
Negative energy can be a major drain on productivity in the workplace.
You don’t feel well most of the time:
If work feels like a constant struggle, with even the smallest things triggering you, and you’re grappling with a mix of frustration, anger, and resentment – or maybe you’ve entertained thoughts of calling it quits, these signs shouldn’t be overlooked.
Resistance to changes or new initiatives:
You may also notice strong resistance or reluctance when faced with changes or new initiatives. It might feel like new plans won’t work, or you perceive no solutions for the challenges you’re dealing with.
You feel a lack of motivation to invest your time in any potential plans or ideas that differ from what you’re accustomed to doing to enhance your work productivity.
Physical discomfort is a potential outcome of prolonged exposure to negative energy, can include headaches, fatigue, and stress-related ailments.
Headaches may arise due to heightened stress levels or strained working conditions, while fatigue is often associated with a draining or emotionally taxing atmosphere.
A happy employee yields better work results. You simply can’t produce good things when you are in a bad mood or you are struggling every day. That’s why when those signs start to appear frequently in your workplace, maybe it’s time for some cleanse.
How to clear negative energy in the workplace
Small habits make a difference
To me, it’s very important to set aside 5 minutes each day to clean up my workplace, either before I start working or after I finish my tasks. Cleaning up before starting work helps create a conducive environment that inspires productivity, and cleaning up afterward leaves a positive impression, making it more inviting to return to work next time.
Spending 5 minutes cleaning each time you start or finish your tasks doesn’t necessarily involve many tiring tasks. You can simply organize your belongings in your workplace, tidy up your desk, or thoroughly wiping your laptop. Keeping things organized is crucial and effective in reducing work stress and fostering inspiration for your work.
Decluttering your workplace
Once in a while, per week or per month, you can set aside time for decluttering your workspace.
Clear Unnecessary Items: Remove any unnecessary items from your desk and surrounding areas. This includes old paperwork, outdated materials, or items that don’t serve a practical purpose in your daily work.
Organize Desk Space: Utilize trays, organizers, or drawers to categorize and store pens, papers, and office supplies. Consider going paperless by digitizing documents where possible.
Create Designated Spaces: If your job involves various complicated sectors, establish specific spaces for different tasks. For example, have a dedicated area for incoming and outgoing mail, a space for reference materials, and another for current projects. This helps maintain order and efficiency.
Minimize personal items: While personal touches can make your workspace comfortable, avoid overcrowding with too many personal items.
For example, don’t leave your makeup items, coats, gloves, or hat on your work table. Your workplace should only contain items that serve your work’s purpose. Too many personal items can make you feel distracted and disorganized at work.
Select a few meaningful items (shouldn’t be more than 3) that contribute positively to your work environment.
Use plants or water elements
Nature is always the best healing medicine for the soul and body. If you have to spend most of your time at your desk during your job, it’s best to bring some nature inside with you.
A small pot of plant can definitely help absorb negative energy and elevate the overall vibrations of the place. Plants emanate life force, and adding some greens to your workplace is proven to help reduce stress and declutter negative energy from work.
To start, plants may increase the relative humidity in the office (Han and Ruan, 2020), especially helpful in the winter when the air is drier. Plants may also improve air quality by reducing excessive CO2 levels.
In the study “Effects of indoor plants on office workers: a field study in multiple Dutch organizations,” by simply introducing plants into offices, productivity and well-being have significantly improved.
On the other hand, the effects observed were not short-lived; at least 4 months after the introduction of the plants, many of these effects still remained.
You can also incorporate the water element, such as tabletop fountain decorations.
The presence of a tabletop fountain can also serve as a point of focus during moments of reflection or meditation. Watching the gentle movement of water can be a mindful practice, allowing you to momentarily shift your attention away from work-related stressors.
Here are some examples, you can find these on Amazon.
Use a stone
To clear out the negative energy in your workplace, you can use crystals that will benefit you depending on your purpose.
Here’s a list of crystals that are commonly believed to help with clearing negative energy at work:
Black Tourmaline: Known for its protective properties, it can absorb and transmute negative energies.
Selenite: This crystal is believed to have a high vibration that can help cleanse and purify the energy in a space.
Amethyst: Known for promoting a calm and peaceful atmosphere, Amethyst can be effective in dispelling negativity.
Smoky Quartz: Often used for grounding and removing negative energies, it can bring a sense of balance to the workplace
Citrine: This crystal is associated with positive energy and success, helping to create a vibrant atmosphere.
Hematite: A grounding stone that is believed to absorb negative energies, promoting a sense of stability.
Fluorite: Known for its ability to neutralize negative energy and stress, it can help create a harmonious environment.
Air things out once a day
A simple tip to clear out negative energy from your workplace is to let fresh air into your space every day. This not only helps to replace old, stagnant air that can be detrimental to your health but also contributes to improving your physical well-being.
In a spiritual context, it assists in bringing in new energy and cleansing out negative energy.
Use essential oils
Using essential oils to cleanse negative energy from the workplace is a popular and holistic approach
Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a diffuser.
Place the diffuser in your workplace, allowing the scent to permeate the space.
Mix a few drops of essential oil with water in a spray bottle.
Spritz the mixture around your office to refresh the air.
Dilute essential oil with a carrier oil (such as jojoba or coconut oil).
Apply the diluted oil to pulse points, like wrists or neck, for personal use
Use diffuser jewelry or simply apply essential oil to regular jewelry to carry the scent with you.
Inhale the aroma directly from the bottle for a quick energy boost.
Some examples of essential oils known for their cleansing and uplifting properties include:
Lavender: Calming and promotes a peaceful atmosphere.
Frankincense: Grounding and helps create a sense of sacred space.
Peppermint: Refreshing and invigorating, known to stimulate mental alertness.
Lemon: Uplifting and refreshing, it can help clear the mind.
Eucalyptus: Purifying and invigorating, promotes a clean and fresh environment.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca): Known for its cleansing properties, both physically and energetically.
Take time away from the office
If your workplace doesn’t allow opening the window, or if you can’t use sage or oil inside the office, you can just take time away from the office every day you’re at work.
Research indicates that spending time in natural environments, even during a brief walk, can have positive effects on mental well-being. Exposure to nature is associated with reduced stress, improved mood, and increased cognitive function. (Berman, M. G., Jonides, J., & Kaplan, S. (2008). The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting With Nature.)
It’s always beneficial to take a walk during work, not only to give yourself some exercise, elevate your mood, but also to help you get refreshed and take a break from the work environment.
Use Himalayan salt lamps
Have you ever seen a Himalayan salt lamp on someone’s desk?
Himalayan salt lamps are more than just decorations; they are believed to contribute to a positive atmosphere by helping clear negative energy in your workplace. These lamps are crafted from large salt crystals mined from the Himalayan region and are often praised for their potential holistic benefits.
Himalayan salt lamps make special particles called negative ions when they get warm from the light bulb inside. These negative ions can balance out the positive ions that come from electronic devices and other things that make our air not so good.
The hygroscopic nature of salt allows the lamp to attract moisture from the air, and with it, airborne particles such as dust, pollen, and allergens. As the lamp warms up, it may evaporate the water, leaving the impurities trapped in the salt crystal. This will help to give you a cleaner and fresher environment.
The soft, warm glow emitted by Himalayan salt lamps can create a calming and serene feeling in your workspace. This gentle light is often associated with relaxation and can help counteract the harsh glare of artificial lighting, making you feel more comfortable and relaxed at work.
Shift your perspective
If for any reason you can’t use any of the methods I mentioned above, you can always resort to your own mind. Your mind is more powerful than you may think, and if you keep your perspective in the right way, keep your mood at a high vibration, then there’s little chance that negative energy in your office can affect you.
One way I find effective for myself when I have to work in a draining and not really supportive environment is to clearly determine my purpose for being there and keep reminding myself of my purpose.
For example, when I was working in my part-time job during college, there was a colleague who often made negative comments about my work, even though she was not in the same department as me, and my work had nothing to do with her. Being a new staff member, this was really hard and stressful for me. But then I clearly decided what my purpose was for being at work — I wanted to make money for my college tuition. I just needed to show up at work, fulfill my duty, focus and finish my work, and get my money. I was there for the money, so as long as I got what I wanted, there wasn’t much else to care about. I ignored her and didn’t let her opinions or attitude bother me because getting along with her or gaining her approval simply wasn’t my purpose there.
So determine your purpose, and as long as you are getting what you aim for, be happy for that. Remind yourself that, day by day, you are getting closer to your goal. Everything else (the bad vibes from colleagues, how boring your job is) is not really important as long as it serves your purpose.
Another tip is to listen to high-vibe songs during your break. Listening to positive podcasts and motivational speeches every day can also help.
I hope my post on how to clear negative energy in the workplace gave you some helpful ideas. You can try incorporating various methods to see which one suits you best. Feel free to share your tips for clearing negative energy in the workplace in the comments.