“Home is the nicest word there is.”
–Laura I. Wilder
In the past 18 months, like many others I have had to endure one change after another. One major change for me is that I’m now working from home. However, freedom from the old brick and mortar had me feeling a little stressed and isolated. As a remedy, I recently took on a remodeling project. The house was built in the late 60’s and still has the original wooden floors, cabinets and fixtures. One of the challenges I face is to create a flow of energy in a small living space. My plan will include Feng Shui to balance and relieve the stress, plus a professional contractor to eliminate a wall or two.
Feng Shui is an art that has been practiced in the orient for thousands of years. Feng Shui is used to balance and harmonize your surroundings, while also bringing peace, good health and fortune to you and those around you.
Feng Shui means “wind and water” in Chinese. In the Chinese culture, wind and water are symbols of health and fortune. It’s based on the belief that the world around us is filled with energy (or Chi).
The Chi that surrounds you could make your world flourish or wither. Boosting your Chi and living in harmony with the world’s energy around you alleviates stress and brings peace to you, your home and the people in it. “Our home should inspire us to go out into the world and do great things and welcome us back for refreshment,” state Melissa Michael, The Inspired Room.
Here are a few tips I pulled from my research that you can use to start relieving stress and experiencing a more balanced life with Feng Shui:
- Decorate with nature. Decorate the surroundings inside your home with aspects of nature to bring yourself peace and relaxation. Feng Shui uses things like running water, fresh flowers, and plants to relieve stress and create a soothing environment. Only use fresh flowers and keep them healthy. Wilted flowers and plants represent tension.
- Adjust your lighting. An important part of Feng Shui is the way your room is lit. For an optimum feeling of peace and comfort, as well as a romantic mood, all rooms in your home should be very well lit.
- Use colors to create different moods. In Feng Shui, colors represent different emotions. Use the power of color to create a flow of positive emotions within yourself. Choose the colors of your room carefully according to the principles of Feng Shui to create the mood of your choice in your home.
- Purple represents spiritual awareness.
- Blue is used to create a soothing, relaxing atmosphere.
- Red enhances energy.
- Use scents to relax. Aromatherapy is often practiced alongside Feng Shui. Using aromatherapy, you can easily enhance your mood or pull yourself out of a bad one.
- Choosing the right aroma for the right room is important. Certain scents promote peace and tranquility, while others increase energy and help you to get pepped up for the tasks you face. Using the proper aroma will remove the negative energy from your presence.
- Arrange your furniture and fixtures to support your success. The arrangement of your furniture and the things around you is a large part of Feng Shui. Even the things you have hanging on your walls can make a big difference in your productivity, relaxation, and feelings of security.
- Remove overhanging shelves and objects. Overhanging shelves, according to Feng Shui principles, are like a cloud hanging over your head. The underlying goal of these principles is to create an environment in your home or office that makes you feel secure, safe, and balanced.
- Remove as many sharp objects and corners as possible. Sharp objects and corners represent harshness and can hinder your stress relief efforts.
- Organize your space. Clutter causes confusion. An organized living or working space promotes calmness and peace within you. An important part of Feng Shui is the order that comes from having everything in its place. You experience peace when everything is where it’s supposed to be, and you can find what you need without feeling rushed.
Feng Shui is a beautiful art that can relieve your stress and bring an overall feeling of balance into your life. Begin using these strategies today to experience more positive energy in your life.
Would you like more helpful tips to add positive energy to your home? Then join me Saturday, July 17, 2021, for more information to “Bring Balance to Your Home”.
Looking forward to seeing you there.