5 Ways To Reach Higher Vibrations

Raising your vibrations seems to be a hot topic right now on the internet. No, this is not in reference to your favorite sex toys. High vibrations refer to the energy of highly successful and happy people. Everyone wants to be successful and happy, right? No wonder this is so trendy.

Everyone has their own opinion about how to raise your vibrations, from eating vegan to gong emersion meditation. There’s so much to filter through, so how do you know what works and what doesn’t?

What Are Vibrations?

Let’s start with what the heck vibrations are. A lot of people out there probably think the whole energy thing is a bunch of hocus pocus, but did you know that every human being has their own energy field? You radiate energy whether you are aware of it or not. People with higher vibrations have energy that vibrates faster, while people with lower vibrations have energy that vibrates slower.

What does this do to a person?

Have you ever seen someone who is constantly sad, negative, angry, or complaining? Their energy is low, they often get sick, they don’t seem to glow. This is because their vibrations are low. If you could imagine a little energy field around their person, it would be dark and unanimated, languid, lethargic.

And have you ever been around a person who is bubbly, talkative, assertive, successful, and happy? Their energy is high. They spend their free time exercising, eating healthy foods, and taking care of their appearances. This is because their vibrations are high. If you could imagine a little energy field around their person, it would be bright, fast, and warm.

If you are a person with low, slow vibrations, fear not. There are things you can change about your life that can increase your vibrational energy and make you a healthier, happier person. Below is a list of things I have found to raise my own vibration.


Stop worrying

Did you know that your thoughts have a huge impact, if not the BIGGEST impact on your vibrational energy? When your internal monologue is an epitaph of depressive speech, negative statements, and self-abuse, your energy levels decrease. Each negative thought you have lowers your vibrations, and as a result, you create a reality that is riddled with negativity. There is an old saying that says “your thoughts shape your reality”, and there has never been a truer statement.

Practice Affirmations

Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones. When you feel yourself slipping into that dark, sad place, practice positive affirmations. Below is a list of positive affirmations to practice.


Try these affirmations:

I am loved
I am safe
I am learning
I will do better next time
It wasn’t a failure if I learned something
My feelings are valid
I am strong
I am worthy
I am enough


Meditate

This is one of those key points that keeps popping up everywhere there is a mention of higher vibrations. Everyone praises meditation as a cure for low energy levels and vibrations. Why? Because it works! You know what they say; if it ain’t baroque….Nevermind. Meditation was one of the key practices that led to my path to higher vibrations. Your mind can become so bogged down by stress, regret, and worry for the future. Practicing mindful meditation helps clear those bad thoughts out of your mind and helps to create space for those positive affirmations mentioned above. Focusing on your breathing and presence here on this earth has a huge impact on your vibrations. For more information about meditation, check out my post on the benefits of meditation.

Surround yourself with positive people:

“Your vibe attracts your tribe.”

Think about it. If you spend your time hanging out with low energy individuals, it is much harder to raise your vibrations. This doesn’t mean people who are chill, calm, and level headed. By low energy, I am referring to people with low vibrations. Often people who are depressed have the lowest possible vibrations. This doesn’t mean you should abandon your loved ones who suffer from low vibrations, either. Just be aware that there is an energy difference, and if you feel yourself being pulled into their negative headspace, remember to recharge and nurture your own energy until you feel ok again. Alternatively, if you spend time around successful, happy people, the good vibrations can feel contagious. It is often inspiring, and is motivation to reach their same level. Those negative friends that you don’t enjoy hanging out with? Stop hanging out with them. That boyfriend that makes you feel used and underappreciated, dump him. Move towards people who will lift you up, not tear you down.

Exercise

What do you think the easiest way to start your energy moving is? That’s right, you are just a mass of molecules made up into some sort of carbon life form. By exercising, you encourage yourself, down to the tiniest atoms, to be more active, and therefore, higher in vibrational frequency. If you dance, your atoms dance, your energy dances. If you sit in one spot, those atoms sit too, becoming slow and low. So get out of bed and start moving! Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.


It should be said, however, that having high vibrations doesn’t mean you won’t have bad days. Of course you will still feel mad and sad sometimes, but raising your vibrations is the difference between wallowing and growing. Allow those negative feelings to come, but then release them. If you have lower vibrations, it’s harder to let go of all those negative vibes, like a giant spider web that ensnares them.


I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any practices that you feel help raise your vibrations? We’d love to hear from you!

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Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Kat

 


Yule Ritual

Hey there, friends!

I’d like to share with you a little Yule ritual my sister and I performed a few nights ago. We wanted to have a fire, but it was raining as it so often is in Pittsburgh. So instead we lit a candle to serve as our bonfire.

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The purpose of the ritual was to set our intentions for the new year ahead. We made a list of positive affirmations, wishes, and desires for 2019.


On my list I had things like:

Fearlessly embrace love

Spread kindness

Practice yoga

Grow my blog

Use my voice and set boundaries

Buy a new car


After creating the list, we meditated and visualized what we wanted to manifest. This was a very emotionally charged experience, in a good way. I was in a good mood to begin with, and focusing on the person I wanted to become made me that much happier.

When we were finished visualizing and meditating on our lists, we burned them in the candle flame and gathered the ashes in a pot. Mine burned quickly so my sister said I must have had very good energy and that my intentions would surely come true in the new year.

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We took the ashes outside and sprinkled them into the wind. I watched as my wishes and affirmations blew away into the universe with a beautiful moon looking on.

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I wish you all a very prosperous and productive 2019. May all your dreams come true and may your loved ones be happy and healthy.

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

-Kat

In Case You Missed It | 2018 Blog Post Recap

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As this year comes to a close, it is a perfect opportunity to look back at the progess we’ve all made and the things we have created. I have gone back through my blog and reread all of my posts. I am still in disbelief that I have been able to stick with it for so long! I’ve amassed over 62k words just in ten short months of blogging here at Antiquarius. Below is what I feel are some of my best posts. Some of the newer followers here may have missed some of these older posts.

Please give them a visit if they spark your interest!


The Benefits Of Daily Meditation

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I Am

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Loneliness In Adulthood

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Things Become Okay

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Productivity Tips

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Bullet Journaling For Beginners

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Forgive Yourself

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How To Make A Motivation Board

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If you have any posts you’d like to share from your own blog during the year of 2018, link them down below!

If you want to see more content from a twenty-something living her (moderately boring) life, be sure to follow or subscribe through email so that I can bug you at all hours of the day and night about stuff and things!

Take care, and don’t forget to take your medications!

Self Care on a Budget

How To Self Care On A Budget

 

How many of you watch self care videos on YouTube or read blog posts that lay out a routine most of us wish we could indulge in whenever we have a bad day? These self care posts often focus on the products you can buy for the best skin, the best relaxation, and the best detoxes. All of these products are very enticing, but for those who are living life from paycheck to paycheck, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all those fancy trends. This can often lead to feelings of inadequacy or negative self talk.

I can’t afford that kind of moisturizer. Who has the extra cash to take a weekend yoga retreat, or Caribbean vacation? There’s no way I can afford a gym membership and also dinner for this week. It costs how much for an organic coconut oil vegan facial scrub? No thanks, I have school loans to pay.

The need to care for yourself and nurture your body and soul shouldn’t be at the expense of sacrificing other everyday needs. Finances aside, I am a huge fan of all the self care videos and blog posts online. They always inspire me and motivate me to live that kind of life, but I do things a little differently, and maybe you do too, or would like to. Through my twenties I have developed a self care routine that works best for me, my budget, and my lifestyle.

The stresses of life can pile up rather easily, so it’s important to set aside time to focus on recharging your energy. Self care doesn’t have to only be about the products you buy. For me, self care is about nourishing my soul, getting back in tune with myself and my spirituality, and coping with the pile of stress that collects like a stack of bills at the back of your mental workstation. And most of these are of little or no cost to yourself; things that you can do no matter what your social standing in life may be.

When I am feeling like I need to focus on myself, I do any number of the following.


Hot Shower

The first thing I do when I need to cleanse my body and soul is to take a nice hot shower. As Sylvia Plath states in The Bell Jar, it’s as if the stresses of the day wash off along with the dirt and oil and go right down the drain. I’ve often felt on the verge of tears, have stepped into the steam and heat of a shower and by the end I am relaxed and calm. After stressful events like job interviews, social gatherings, or dates that didn’t quite go as well as you had hoped, there is nothing better than stripping off all those tight clothes, losing the bra, taking off your makeup, and just being the free little soul that you are. Take the time to look at yourself in the mirror before you get into the shower, and instead of shouting negatives in your mind, be kind to yourself. You are beautiful despite all your wrinkles, stretch marks, and belly rolls.

Yoga/Stretching

Some days my yoga routine is meant to be a workout as well as a stretch–Do ALL the planks, master ALL the pilate’s, get ALL the abs!–but on my self care days, I like to take it easy with the positions I do. It’s all about trusting your body and doing what feels nice. Don’t stress about doing the poses right. This is a time for you to get in tune with your physical body. I mainly focus on small stretches. Starting in a seated position, I stretch one arm up and over my body in a sideways bend, and then the other. I then do some shoulder and head rolls. After that, I stretch out my legs in a forward sitting fold. I find that on self care days I general gravitate towards things low to the floor, so back stretches also help. Laying on my back, I twist one leg over my body while looking over the opposite shoulder, and lastly I finish by hugging my knees to my chest and rolling my lower back along the floor before settling down into corpse pose (which is by far my favorite!).

I really like Yoga With Adriene on Youtube. It always makes my day going through a nice easy session with her. 

Meditation

Yep, back to the ol’ meditation tip. The thoughts that weight heavy on your mind are able to be released when you actively try to clear your mind. I find that listening to meditation music helps get me in a nice comfortable mental zone. One of my favorite things to focus on during meditation is The Box. It’s a cognitive exercise where you take all the negative thoughts about yourself or from your stressful day, picture them as a physical object, and place them inside the box. Once inside, they can’t get out. Then picture placing the box somewhere in your mind and forgetting about it. The nice thing about this is that the box is infinite. You can pour as much negativity inside the box as you wish, just like Pandora’s box!

Another cognitive exercise I like to do while meditating is to picture myself someplace where I feel absolutely stress free and content. Recently, this has been in a small cottage on a prairie along the edge of a forest, where speckled sunlight shines through the trees and creates a golden paradise. In this safe space in my mind, I often try to get in touch with my inner child, which always appears to me as a grey cat. By focusing on the grey cat, I am able to reinforce positivity and ignore the negative thoughts for a while. This also gives me an opportunity to have a conversation with my inner child, or inner self. Check in with yourself. The way we talk to ourselves really makes a difference, so be kind.

Physical Care

I said this was a self care post on a budget, and I meant it. This is usually the point where all those vloggers and bloggers start whipping out their designer hand lotions, hundred dollar facial moisturizers, anti wrinkle cream that would cost my left tit to buy, and a smorgasbord of other odds and ends to get the flawless skin everyone wishes they could have. (Even though, if we’re being totally honest, all they probably did for their videos was apply a heavy layer or two of foundation, which can make anyone look flawless on film).

I’m about to be very real with you right now. My skin care routine consists of this: Since my face is usually nice and clean from the shower, I apply Clinique moisture surge. It’s the most expensive thing I own, so let’s get it out of the way right now. I use Clinique Moisture Surge because I have dry-ass skin that makes me molt like a snek after one of my nice hot showers. This moisturizer is the only one I have found that doesn’t cause me to break out. As soon as I apply it I feel like my face just took a nice healthy drink of water, and it stays moisturized all through the day or night, whenever I apply it. Without it I would look like a clay golem in desperate need of some rain.

Now I’m about to share with you a marvelous secret. After applying my face moisturizer, I moisturize my body. Not with Jergen’s, not with coconut oil, not with some weird concoction of olive oil, bee’s wax, and creme fraiche. You ready for this? I use Johnson’s baby lotion. It works SO much better than any of those super expensive luxury moisturizers, and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft afterwards. The other thing I like about it is that it absorbs rather quickly. I hate moisturizing my body and then having to stand there like a starfish waiting for it to all get soaked in as I stand in front of my fan.

That’s it. That’s the end of my physical care. Sometimes I will repaint my nails or exfoliate my gross disgusting hobbit feet, but that’s only if I’m feeling really frisky. (Just kidding, I have adorable little hobbit feet)

Oh, and don’t forget to drink water! It’s an absolutely affordable way to get better skin, better digestion, and better overall health. You’re made up of water. Never forget to hydrate!

Comfort food

When you’re having a bad day, nothing compares when it comes to feeling better than eating some of your favorite foods. Most of my weekdays are spent eating healthy foods and smart choices. I will limit the amount of carbs, cheese, and meats I eat, even though these are my favorites. But on self care days, anything goes. I think most people call these “cheat days”? Where you sit down with a bowl of mac n cheese big enough to feed a family and chicken nuggets, and eat until you are so satisfied that you can’t eat another bite. And who can forget dessert? I always treat myself to a fabulous dessert item on self care days. Sometimes I will even go to the store specifically to buy a fancy little dessert like a parfait, chocolate mousse, or little cupcake from the bakery section.

Journaling

Once my skin is all drank and my mind is all clear and my belly is all full, I take the time to write in my journal. Sometimes I journal on my phone in an app called Day One, and other times I use a physical journal. I like the feeling of writing things down in an actual notebook with a cool cactus or unicorn pen from target (which you can get in the little $1 bin up near the front), but sometimes my mind moves faster than my hand and I end up frustrated, which is like, the opposite of a good thing for self care. So usually I use Day One and get out all the lingering thoughts for my day. I’m one of those super linear people who writes down what they ate and what the weather was like, along with pouring my heart out about social issues or money problems. I’ve been consistently journaling for about a year now, and it’s really interesting to be able to look back on my past entries to see what sort of mindset I was in during which days and which months and which life events. The other cool thing about Day One is that you can add a picture to your journal entries, and depending on where the picture was taken, it will create a map for you that tells you where you were and when. When you click on a map point, it will take you to that journal entry. So Cool!

Writing/Working on a creative project

Different than journaling, which is often personal and cathartic, I like to follow that up by working on a creative project such as blogging or creative writing, or even drawing. I have real issues with self-loathing when it comes to productivity. I feel that if I’m not creating something at all times, I’m a loser. That’s something I really need to work on. But I still like being productive when I can. At the end of the night is my favorite time to write because it gives me motivation to incorporate the happenings of the day into my work. I will also use this creative time to brainstorm blog post ideas or work on my websites/social media presence.

Friendship appreciation

I often also incorporate a section of time where I can be social. I will send my friends “hello, how are you?” texts just to check in and make sure they’re doing ok. Sometimes they need some time to vent too, and having a friend to listen to you sometimes means the world to someone. It also helps to feel more connected when you actively reach out to your loved ones. When was the last time you called your mom? When did you text your sister? Even small gestures are sometimes enough to make huge differences in someone’s life.

Selfies

Yep, I’m one of those girls. But taking selfies just reaffirms to myself that I’m a cutie and worthy of love and acceptance too. It’s a great feeling to appreciate yourself. Of course I will snapchat it up until my phone dies, but sometimes I just like appreciating the natural beauty that is me. With my blemished skin and blue veins and short eyelashes and all my double chins. Yeah, baby. It’s also really fun to dress up as glamorous as you want and take selfies that way. There’s nothing more satisfying than slipping into your favorite dress or pair of shoes for some personal selfie shots! And hey, appreciate that little booty of yours. Just because it isn’t a bubble butt doesn’t mean it’s not cute.


And there you have it. These are some of my favorite things to do on a self care day. As you can see, a lot of these cost little to no money at all to do. Not everything has to be about what you own or what products you use. Some of my favorite self care techniques are more about nurturing my internal spirit and finding peace within myself.


 

Do you have any specific things you always love to do on self care days? I’d love to hear from you!

Take care!

 

The Benefits of Daily Meditation

At the beginning of 2018, I created a daily habits tracker in my bullet journal. In this daily habits tracker I included things I wanted to accomplish, like writing every day and making my bed every morning, but I also chose to include meditation. I always heard the benefits of meditation, but had never taken the time out of my day to make it a routine, a ritual, until this year.

And I’m glad I did.

Benefits of daily meditation

As soon as I began a regular practice of meditation, I began to notice certain things changing in my life

  1. Breathing
    • One of my favorite aspects of meditation is controlling my breathing. The practice that I am following encourages you to deepen your inhales and lengthen your exhales, which strengthens your connection to your breath. How often do we take such a simple thing for granted? You breath constantly to survive. By becoming aware of this, you become aware of yourself, your spirit, your soul, and your presence here on this earth.
  2. Focus
    • An effect of daily meditation that I have found to be quite productive is my ability to focus on other daily tasks with more awareness, more presence, and more attention. Daily meditation encourages you to live in the moment. If you can quiet your mind for a ten minute meditation session, it’s easier to justify other tasks that you might have viewed as time consuming or tedious. You can fold a load of laundry in the same amount of time as a meditation session. Suddenly that doesn’t seem like such an impossible task.
  3. Calm
    • The effects of slowing and controlling your breathing does more than just increase your self awareness. It also has a calming effect. If I am feeling anxious about a certain area of my life, by the time I am finished meditating, the problem no longer causes me physical discomfort like a tight chest, tense muscles, or headaches. By engaging in deep breathing and physical relaxation, you subconsciously release anxiety and reach a pleasant calmness.
  4. Mental Clarity
    • One of the main reasons I decided to begin daily meditation was because my mind was constantly running full speed, and the thoughts were often very negative. It’s difficult to deal with life when your mind is constantly being flooded by negativity, stress, and worry. Daily meditation helps to declutter your mental state. Headspace, a meditation app for your phone, described it as traffic. Your thoughts are traffic. If you try to stop those thoughts, you stress yourself out more. But if you passively sit on the side and allow thoughts to come and go as they please, to pass by without reaction, then your mind does not cling to negativity, and instead simply observes the thoughts.
  5. Raises Spiritual Connection
    • This is another one of my favorite parts of meditation. Do you ever feel disconnected from the world, the people around you, and the universal energy? I’ve been there. It’s a very lonely feeling. But after incorporating daily meditation into my life, I felt an increase in my vibrations. This is partially due to visualization. I like to picture my energy spreading out like ink in water to touch all the other energies of the world, and in turn, the other energies flowing through me as well. This visualization helps create a feeling of contentment and spiritual connectedness.
  6. Internal Dialogue
    • Sitting down every day for a calming ten or fifteen minutes (or longer if you feel the desire) gives you a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation…with yourself. I know it sounds weird, but when was the last time you checked in with yourself? Like having a conversation with a friend, say hi, ask what’s up, ask yourself if everything is ok. And listen to how you answer those questions. Daily meditation provides you with a chance to connect with yourself and your own thoughts in a quiet and safe environment, devoid of self-abuse. What things aren’t you dealing with? What do you need to face? Are you comfortable being alone with your own thoughts? Nothing provides a better mirror into your soul than a little internal dialogue with your own mind.
  7. Grounding
    • Are you someone who has a difficult time living in reality? Are you prone to daydreaming or dissociation? Practicing daily meditation helps to ground me when I feel like I’m mentally floating away from reality. Again, this point is about visualization. My therapist taught me a helpful meditation for when I’m feeling dissociative. Wherever you choose to meditation, picture yourself in a calm space. When you feel relaxed, visualize energy coming from the core of the earth and spreading from the base of your body all the way to the tips of your fingers and the top of your head. At the same time, visualize energy coming from the sun down through the top of your head and allow it to fill your body and pass down through you into the core of the earth. This visualization will help you feel more grounded and present on this earth.
  8. Emotional Healing
    • Going along with the internal monologue point, emotional healing is another benefit of daily meditation. When you have that conversation with yourself and face truths about yourself, you allow yourself to grow as a person and heal the things that might be long buried within your mind. When those wounds are judged appropriately and mended, you can begin to heal emotionally. And when you have healed, (which is a process that never really ends, I think), you will be happier for it.
  9. Patience
    • In a world that is constantly moving so quickly, it can be easy to want to rush through things. We are always looking for a shortcut. Our attention spans are shrinking day by day as well as with the birth of new and faster technology. But self love is something that should never be rushed. By meditating daily, you build patience within yourself in order to relax into the moment and slow your mind and breath. You might find that this patience carries over into other aspects of your life.
  10. Commitment
    • Patience isn’t the only thing you build by practicing daily meditation. You also build commitment and structure by scheduling time for meditation. This helps train your mind to build new routines and stick to them. How many of you start projects but have difficulties completing them? By creating a lifestyle of commitment, you encourage yourself to be more consistent as well. I’m not saying change is bad, but being able to commit to something that has so many benefits can lead to nothing but positivity.

If you’ve never practiced meditation but are interested in trying, I suggest you download Headspace. It’s a great introduction and offers beneficial insights into the practice. It’s never too late to start a positive routine. You can meditate at any time and anywhere you would like. If you are new to the practice or have been meditating for a while, what are some benefits you feel you gain from practicing daily meditation? I would love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful day!