So what is Feng Shui anyway?
You’ve probably heard the term Feng Shui before, but are unsure what it really is. Dictionary.com defines Feng Shui as… “in Chinese thought, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy, and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.” The idea is to help individuals to feel harmony in their environment. In the busy world we live in, isn’t this something we all want? Read on to find out how you can “Feng Shui” your daily life.
Your bedroom should be your personal sanctuary. It is where you start and end every day. A Feng Shui bedroom should be inviting and exciting, yet calming and relaxing.
First, color is important. The “colors of Feng Shui” are soothing skin tones or earth tones - think tans, peach, creams, browns, olive, and whites. These natural shades are calming and natural helping you to feel at peace. Lighting is also important. Candles create a warm, intimate ambiance and also “clear the energy” in the room making them the ideal lighting of Feng Shui. Make sure you buy toxin-free candles with natural scents. Fragrance free, pure essential oils can also add to these senses.
Your bed should be comfortable and luxurious. When lying in bed, according to Feng Shui, you should be facing the door. In addition, you want to be able to get into bed from both sides, have two bedside tables on each side to balance the room, and avoid placing the bed directly in line with the door.
Eliminate TV, computers, other electronics or exercise equipment from the space. These items destroy the positive energy by emitting high energy wavelengths and remind you of activities that involve work and thus, can cause distraction. Your room should be where you are able to completely turn off and detach from these stressors of daily life or a place for intimacy.
The final step in Feng Shui-ing your bedroom is to “stay clean and stay closed” - in other words, de-clutter and keep your room organized AND keep all doors and drawers in the room closed at night. This allows for the best, most nourishing energy to stay in the room.
When you aren’t at home, it can almost always feel like you’re working! So why not invest in Feng Shu-ing your desk or cubicle? Being at a plain white cubicle with harsh lighting can cause you to be tired and honestly… just miserable. So how do you bring some zen to the office?
First, start with clearing clutter and getting an under-the-desk storage drawer. Keep clutter out of sight and out of mind to increase productivity. Next, get some must-have Feng Shui items like air-purifying plants, high energy items such as photos that carry the energy of happy moments or bright, inspiring art with vibrant colors.
Staring at a computer screen all day can be really bad for your overall health. Having essential oils on deck, like citrus, to promote long-term energy in a cute little diffuser will help in your day-to-day. Lastly, make sure you have an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle and mug for tea near your desk. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate — its the cherry on top to making your life feel zen.
At the end of the day, make your space comfortable based on what makes you feel good. Harmonize positive energy and deflect any negative energy with our advice. Have any Feng Shui tips? Comment below and share your tips! Hashtag #joinreel on Instagram and show us how you Feng Shui.