Feng shui is becoming more popular as people’s lives are becoming more stressful, it’s easy to find a variety of books, magazines, classes, and videos on the subject. Feng shui simply translates to wind and water and is derived from the ancient Chinese art of placement. Feng shui is being used all around us and in many different ways, some popular feng shui arrangements are used for wealth, prosperity, fame, social life, family, relationships, children, health, good fortune, creativity, wisdom, career, spiritual life, and travel just to name a few. But, can feng shui really have that big of an effect on your life, and what about your sleep? Here are a few tips to get you started on how you can use feng shui in your bedroom to create a peaceful retreat, in hopes of losing all negativity to get your most restful nights of sleep.
- Place your bed flush against a wall as far away from the door as possible while still having a direct view of the doorway; this will add a feeling of safety and security.
- Your bed should also be centered on the wall with two rounded night stands on each side to create symmetry. (tables with hard edges can create “poison arrows” or harmful energy)
- Mattresses – choose wisely and invest in one that will give you the best sleep and relaxation, the better you sleep at night the better your health is during the day.
- Use different levels of lighting in your bedroom, dimmer switches are highly recommended as are lamps on either side of the bed to keep the symmetry; but candles are the best feng shui bedroom lighting choice.
- Indulge your senses – Invest in luxurious bedding, pillows (pair these up to keep the room symmetrical), and plush rugs.
- Paint your walls a soothing color, feng shui experts recommend staying within the so-called “skin colors” which vary from pale whites to rich browns. Bring in color by adding touches of “passion colors”.
- Artwork is an important part of a bedroom, but use caution because art and images carry powerful feng shui energy. Your choices should be soothing and inspiring, not scary or depressing.
- Open windows as often as possible to let in fresh air and if that isn’t an option then air purifiers are a great option to leave the air clean and full of oxygen.
- Bring in nature, just not too close to the bed – flowers, plants, a sand/rock garden, or a water feature.
- Try saying no to having TV’s, computers, exercise equipment, and office space in your bedroom. If this just isn’t an option try using a room divider or a folding screen to keep these out of view when falling asleep.
- Clutter free is key when it comes to feng shui, the more organized the room the more peaceful it becomes and is easier to sleep at night. Experts also suggest cleaning out from under the bed so the energy flow isn’t interrupted or blocked off.
If you’re feeling drained and not getting the best sleep at night as you could be, then try to incorporated as many of these tips as possible. These little changes can make a huge difference in your sleep and quality of life.
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