Where you place objects and furniture in your home can increase your ability to function well as well as bring peace of mind. Learning some simple Feng Shui techniques can make all the difference in the health and wellbeing.
What is Feng Shui?
(in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.
Have you ever felt cramped in a room or stressed for no reason? Maybe you have troubles concentrating or find that you can’t sleep? It might have something to do with the flow of energy in the room.
Feng Shui doesn’t have to be complicated
While some traditions of Feng Shui is very traditional and symbolic such as placing a frog at your front door facing inside your home there are many other parts that make sense logically and can really make your home work better for you.
One of the simplest ways to understand this concept is by walking through a room in your home. Is it easy to bump into furniture or can you comfortably move around the room? When you enter a room try and notice what objects draw your attention in first.
When you enter a room try and notice what objects draw your attention first. Are you pulled in by a couch, painting, or television? Once you sit in the room what objects are you facing?
How does the room make you feel? Lighting, plants, and color make a huge difference in how we feel mentally and emotionally in a room. If a room is cluttered, dull, dark, or set up for lounging it may be hard to concentrate or get work done.
If you have troubles sleeping at night it may be because you have objects such as electronics in your room that keep your mind buzzing with thoughts instead of resting. In my home, I keep my cell phone, television, laptop and books out of my room. A few years ago I really struggled to fall asleep. It would sometimes take 1 to 2 hours for my mind to calm down enough to rest. Now my bedroom is primarily for sleeping and for the first time in my life I have to say I can fall asleep easily.
Functional Feng Shui
When I like to do is walk into a room, try out each piece of furniture and look at it logically for function. Here are a few key questions I ask myself about every room.
- What is this room’s purpose?
- Do the objects in the room match that purpose?
- Does the placement of the furniture in the room compliment or take away from that purpose?
- Once I am sitting in a spot in the room does my mind wonder or can I stay focused on the purpose of the room?
- Do the colors, lighting, cleanliness, and style add to the purpose or do they take away from it?
- When I am in the room, how do I feel emotionally?
After I make changes I wait a few days and then ask myself if the function of the room improved. If so what was it that helped the situation? If not what can I change to improve the room?
Sometimes you cannot completely fix a room because of distractions or lack of functional space. In my home, we found that in order to get any work done in the main area of our home we had to move all of our gaming devices into their own separate room or den.
As you pay more attention to your own patterns of optimal functioning, get organized, and work with the other people living in your home you will eventually find more functional ways to improve your space.
If you are a visual learner we found some simple feng shui videos to help you improve your space. Enjoy!
Bedroom Feng Shui
Ready to dive in deeper? Perhaps you are ready to change up the flow in your bedroom. Check out this video below for more tips on changing the whole atmosphere of your room.
At Work or in Your Home Office
Want to change up your space at work? Tired of having sick days and excess stress? Check out this video for some awesome tips to change the energy and find more success in your work life!
Try out some of these basic techniques and let us know how you feel. There are entire studies of energy flow going back hundreds of years so if you liked these techniques you have just opened an awesome box of new ideas and tips to change your physical space.
With a little bit of logic and a lot of trial and error, you can create an incredibly happy, functional, and healthy home.