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Working from home, I've come to realize more and more how I am affected by my surroundings. It's the little things that can make or break the vibe in a room - and that's where feng shui comes into play.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of laws that govern spatial organization in the relation to the energetic flow of a space. How you arrange your room can change how the energy flows, and that can impact your mood and how you go about your day-to-day business.
Below, you'll find seven different elements in your bedroom you can add or change to help create a more positive energy in your space. In the time it takes for you to listen to a Top 40 hit, you can do little things each day that will make a BIG difference for your personal space and your life!
So...let's take this to the bedroom, shall we? 😉
1. Clear clutter
Did you know clutter in your personal space can create clutter in your headspace? The simple act of picking up and putting things in their place can help you mentally organize your life and help you cut through creative blocks. Find yourself stuck? Step out of your mental chaos, take some control and create some order in your room, and see how you feel. You'll be surprised at the difference!
2. Make your bed
Numbers don't lie, and the numbers say you should make your bed! Statistics show a correlation between making your bed and happiness and success. 71% of people who make their beds consider themselves happy, and are are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise consistently, and feel well rested.
3. Ditch the TV
As much as you may like the white noise or falling asleep to the TV on, just don't. According to feng shui pro Dana Claudat,
"...the TV is a bad-vibe-producing machine on an electrical level (emitting EMF rays that disrupt your immune system amongst other things!) and on a psychological level, you are being hypnotized and brainwashed as you drop into your most impressionable states of mind as you drift off to bed."
So, do yourself a favor and get the TV out of your bedroom.
4. Use soft colors
Put some intention and thought into the palette for your walls and decor - the colors you choose can have positive or negative effects. Laura Benko, a holistic feng shui expert, explains:
"Color plays an enormous impact in feng shui because it has a certain vibrational tone that chi picks up and distributes back out into the environment. The right (or wrong) color choice can have a tremendous impact on your state of mind and how balanced you feel."
Soft, calming hues are suggested for quieter rooms, such as the bedroom.
5. GeT SOME candles
Candles are a great and - when incorporated appropriately - safe way to bring the warm, focused energy of fire into your room. They can set the mood and help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. For aromatherapeutic benefits, I like to use an atomizing diffuser with pure essential oils before I go to bed as well.
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6. Use a good mattress
Having a good bed setup is a key factor in creating the perfect feng shui bedroom. A high-quality mattress is an important element of high quality sleep, and will effect you and the energy of the room. Other bed-related items to consider: a good non-metal headboard and frame, and nice sheets and bedding made of natural materials.
7. Add plants
Not only do plants make for nice decor, but they are also great for purifying the air. Succulents and air plants add a perfect dose of joy to a room. Don't have a green thumb? Pick up a rose the next time you grab groceries and place it in a vase in your room. A single flower can add a lot! Switch out flowers regularly, and never leave a dead flower sitting in the vase - you don't need that kind of energy.
Which of these tips are you going to try? Share in the comments below, or tweet me at @happyhealthyjoe!
MEET HAPPY HEALTHY JOE
Joseph Struhs (LA-based Integrative Health Coach) is an essential oil educator and wellness passionisto by day, marketing consultant for health pros by night! When he's not working, you can catch him fitting in a workout at the gym or getting crazy in the kitchen.