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How To Protect Your Energy (7 Essential Practices)

In this post, learn how to protect your energy with 7 simple yet profound practices. Plus, get positive affirmations for protecting your energy and images you can save for later!

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Protecting Your Energy

One of the greatest self-care practices you can do on a daily basis is to protect your energy.

But what exactly does this mean?

Protecting your energy means choosing how you think and feel rather than allowing outside forces to dictate your thoughts and emotions.

It means that no matter what’s happening in the outer world, you’re able to cultivate a beautiful inner world through your own thoughts, beliefs, and choices.

And it means being true to your authentic self and not hiding or denying a single part of yourself for anything or anyone.

Finally, it also means holding yourself accountable. For instance, if you’re in a group that’s gossiping about someone you know, you have the choice to engage in the gossip or step away. At all times, you can ask yourself, what action best serves my positive energy?

Another question I like to ask is, what path feels most like love to me?

For the example above, if love feels like walking away from gossip, then that’s the best thing you can do in that moment to protect your energy. Because ultimately, the best energy protector is love itself.

Love might feel like morning meditations. It might feel like a walk in nature. It may feel like spending every Wednesday night alone, practicing self-care.

In all instances, you can choose the path that feels like love to support and protect your divine energy.

Below, I’ve listed seven powerful practices you can incorporate into your daily life to protect your energy. These practices range from using crystals and water as an energy purifier to taking social media breaks and setting loving boundaries. I encourage you to find the practices that resonate the most and begin to use them each day to protect your whole self: mind, body, and soul.

And again, because it can’t be emphasized enough:

The greatest way to protect your energy is to follow the path that feels like love.

Love will always protect you. Love will always heal you. Love is your superpower.

How to Protect Your Energy


Protecting your energy from external toxicity all starts with your mindset.

While all of the practices on this list are powerful in helping you to protect your energy, nothing is as powerful as knowing that you are in control of your thoughts and that you’re the only one who gets to choose how you feel.

That’s why I’m putting affirmations at the top of this list. Using positive affirmations (and truly believing them!) is a powerful way to own your energy and decide how you want to feel in any given moment.

When I first started using affirmations, I used them all the time: when I woke up, as I got ready in the morning, while I worked out, as I was driving, while I cooked dinner, as I got ready for bed, and anytime the opportunity presented itself to embrace positive thinking.

Eventually, though, this practice lessened: not because I suddenly forgot about affirmations but because the powerful words had become a part of me.

I no longer had to constantly affirm that I was worthy because I knew in every cell of my being that I was undeniably and unconditionally worthy, no matter what.

That’s why affirmations can be so powerful when it comes to protecting your energy. In the beginning, you may need to remind yourself to repeat them, but in time, the powerful, protective words will become a part of you.

Below, you’ll find a list of affirmations for protecting your energy. You can also find more protection affirmations to guard your energy in this post.

Affirmations for Protecting Your Energy
  • I am in charge of my own energy. I choose how I feel in every moment.
  • I am the only one who gets to choose how I feel.
  • I am choosing to feel grounded, calm, peaceful, and secure.
  • I am safe and supported, rooted in this present moment.
  • I have the power to rise above negative emotions that do not serve me.
  • Even when the world around me feels chaotic, I remain rooted firmly to the ground.
  • When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I allow myself space to pause and breathe.
  • I vibrate powerful, abundant, peaceful energy and attract this same energy in return.
  • I am strong, steady, and grounded.
  • I am always supported and protected.
  • I deeply appreciate my ability to remain calm and peaceful in all situations.
  • I am grateful for the abundance of strength that radiates throughout my entire body.
Affirmations to protect your energy


Crystals are a powerful resources for protecting your energy and helping you to remain grounded, stable, and secure.

My personal favorite way to use crystals for energy protection is to wear them as jewelry, as this allows me to remain protected throughout the day, no matter where I go. I also like to keep protective stones in spaces where I know I might encounter some negative external energy, such as in my workspace and in the car. And if you’re doing an energy protection meditation, holding protective gemstones in your hands while meditating can be a powerful way to amplify your intentions.

To learn more about how to cleanse, program, and use crystals, you can check out my blog post on how to use crystals here.

Here’s a list of crystals and stones you can wear, carry, or keep in your space to protect you from toxic energy:

  • Hematite
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Shungite

If you want to learn more about the specific meanings of each stone, I’ve got you covered in this article on grounding crystals for stability and energy protection.


For centuries, various cultures and religions have used water as a way to cleanse, purify, heal, and help one reach spiritual enlightenment. Don’t underestimate the power of water to cleanse your aura from toxic energy. Just like water can cleanse the energy of a crystal, water can cleanse your own energy both within and outside of you in a profound way.

Ideally, you’d be able to spend time at the ocean or near a lake or river whenever you need a spiritual reset. But if that isn’t possible, that’s okay! A shower or a bath works just as well in cleansing your energy.

One of my favorite practices is to meditate in the shower by imagining the water washing away any negativity within or around me. This practice only takes a minute or two but can positively affect your energy throughout your day.

First, close your eyes. Take a deep, soulful inhale and a rejuvenating exhale. Concentrate on how the water feels on your skin. As the water falls around you, imagine it washing away any negative thoughts and emotions you’re holding onto. The water takes your tension and carries it to the drain. Anything that doesn’t serve your highest good is washed away from your body.

Feel your body becoming lighter. Your mind is clear. Your heart is open. Anything that doesn’t serve or support your total well-being has been washed away, swirling down the drain, where it will be cleansed by the earth.

When you’re done, smile and express gratitude. Feel the strength of your body, mind, and spirit.

You are worthy, powerful, whole, and more than enough. Carry those feelings with you throughout your day.

For more information on how water can heal and purify, I encourage you to check out this article from Sonima: The Radical Healing Effects of Water.

6 effective ways to do a shower meditation


When you feel like you’re surrounded by negative energy, visualization can be a profound way to replace any negativity in your auric field with positivy, protection, and love.

While you may associate visualization exercises with meditation, you can actually take a moment to practice visualization almost anytime during the day.

For instance, let’s say that you’re at work, and the energy of your coworkers, employees, and/or customers feels especially negative today. People are stressed and blaming each other for mistakes. The air around you feels tense, and that tension is starting to seep into your body, mind, and spirit.

Take a moment to step back from the outer world. Close your eyes. Imagine a beautiful light is surrounding your entire body. This light might be white, gold, purple, or any other color that resonates with you. See that light protecting your body from any negative external energy that tries to seep in. Visualize yourself walking through your day, being protected by this light at all times.

Know that you are always, always being divinely guided and protected. No amount of toxic energy can break through the loving shield of the Universe.

Breathing Exercises

A breathing exercise is conscious, purposeful breathing with the intention of calming the mind, relieving stress, improving your lung function, and grounding yourself to the present moment.

What I love about breathing exercises is that it feels like a mini-meditation that you can do practically anytime and anywhere.

Breathing exercises can be powerful practices to protect your energy because they allow you to step back from the external world and return to your inner self. And when you return to your inner self, you can release the stress and overwhelm of the outer world and cultivate a sense of calmness, peace, and groundedness within.

My personal favorite breathing exercise is alternate nostril breathing, which you can read more about here.

Another simple yet powerful practice is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. In this practice, you inhale through your nose for 4 seconds, pause at the top of your inhale for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat this 4 to 8 times in a session.

Often, at the end of a breathing exercise, I’ll recite a few grounding affirmations to affirm that I’m in control of my thoughts and emotions. You don’t have to do this, but if you want, you can give it a try and see if this practice resonates with you.

For more examples of breathing exercises, you can check out this article from Healthline here.

how to protect your energy

Social Media Breaks

I don’t believe social media is universally good or bad; I think it’s all in how we use it and what kind of people/accounts we choose to connect with.

In my experience, social media can be a beautiful platform for connecting with incredible souls, receiving positive messages, and creating a community based in love, kindness, compassion, and support. I think the use of social media has served my growth in many ways, especially in the past year.

But there have also been many, many times when I’ve needed to step back and take a break from it all.

I won’t go too in depth on the dangers of social media here, because I think it’s likely you’ve heard most of the arguments against it: it can be a highlight reel of people’s best moments, causing you to somehow think your life is “less than” because you don’t have everything another person has.

It’s also easy to get trapped in the belief that likes and follows somehow have any kind of impact on your worthiness (which is 100% not true).

And even if you only follow positive accounts, you might start to think that you’re supposed to be a positive, upbeat person 100% of the time, which also isn’t true.

Taking regular social media breaks is necessary for protecting your energy in the long-term. Like I said, I believe there are a lot of really great aspects of social media, and in most cases, I don’t think it’s necessary to delete it entirely.

But I do recommend scheduling social media breaks into your calendar. Also take non-scheduled breaks when you start to feel like social media is becoming an energy depleter instead of an energy restorer.

And if there’s an account that makes you feel less than or causes you to feel negative or toxic energy within?


Choose to consciously curate your social media feed to best support your mind, body, and spirit.

Set Boundaries


For most of us, this is likely the hardest practice on this list.

Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, setting boundaries can be a difficult practice because it often requires having uncomfortable conversations. What helps me in this situation is to ask myself, what’s more uncomfortable? Having a conversation about boundaries, or not setting boundaries and continuing to live in a state of frustration, anger, and/or overwhelm?

If you’re feeling hurt or resentful about something, then 10 times out of 10, the best thing you can do to heal your energy is to set boundaries.

However hard it may feel, it is possible to make the practice of setting boundaries a little easier. How do you do this? By stepping forward in the energy of love.

Often, we imagine conversations about boundaries to be hard, serious, and even negative. However, it is possible to approach this act with love and compassion for everyone involved. I recommend writing down your thoughts before having this conversation and scheduling time when you can have a calm conversation with the person or people you’re setting boundaries with.

In other words, try to approach this with a sense of clarity and calm rather than letting yourself get consumed by the heat of the moment and potentially saying something you’ll regret later.

Also remember, boundaries aren’t always about another person. Often, they’re about what you need. For instance, maybe you need one night a week to yourself without any interruptions. This may mean that you need to set a boundary that Wednesday nights are your nights. By dedicating this time to yourself, you’ll actually be able to show up better the rest of the week for the people in your life.

So remember, boundaries aren’t a negative thing. They’re a way you can show love to yourself, which ultimately will positively affect all aspects or your life.

Recap: How to Protect Your Energy

  • Recite empowering, grounding affirmations to affirm that you are in control of your thoughts and the only one who gets to decide how you feel.
  • Use protective crystals and gemstones such as Obsidian, Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, and Shungite.
  • Let the power of cleansing water purify your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Visualize a healing light surrounding you and protecting your auric field.
  • Do breathing exercises to calm your mind, let go of stress, and ground yourself to the present moment.
  • Take social media breaks whenever it feels as though social media is depleting or negatively affecting your energy.
  • Set loving boundaries that serve your total well-being.

In what situations do you feel most in need of energy protection? And what practices have you used to protect your energy? Share your favorite practices in the comment box below!

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  • Alex Curry

    Hello Zanna, I just want to say that this article was brilliantly written. Stay positive and keep spreading your kindness.