6 Simple Ways to Feng Shui Your Bedroom
The ancient art and science of Feng Shui was developed nearly 3,000 years ago in China. Based on achieving balanced energy in any living space in order to promote health, healing, and forward motion, “Feng” means wind and “Shui” means water. In the Chinese culture, wind and water are associated with good health, and the concept of feng shui deals with the art of placement. If you feel confined, drained, or depressed, you may need to consider incorporating the principles of feng shui in your home.
Most of us realize that everything around us gives off some sort of energy, either positive or negative, and this energy affects our lives in many ways. For example, a sad picture or object associated with a sad memory may make you feel sad when you gaze upon it, while a happy photograph can produce contentment, joy, and possibly even laughter. Whether you realize it or not, you choose to surround yourself with objects that evoke positive emotions, feng shui experts tell us.
For the highest quality sleep possible, your bedroom should incorporate elements of feng shui to promote rest, peacefulness, and mental clarity upon awakening. Here are five ways to feng shui your bedroom for optimal mental and physical health.
- Clutter can be confusing, frustrating and depressing, and cause unnecessary anxiety. Simplify your space by ridding it of clutter. You will feel more in control of your life and breathe easier.
- Use Color. Certain colors create better energy than others. Fire colors such as red, orange, purple, pink, and yellow add passion and energy, while earth colors such as beige and light yellow bring nourishment and stability. Metal creates clarity, while water brings freshness and ambiance. You can incorporate both by using an inexpensive water feature such as a tabletop fountain in your bedroom, or you can add the colors of blue and black. Wood colors such as dark green and brown are great for adding an element of health and vitality.
- Proper placement. Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. Not only must it be comfortable, but your headboard should be made of a natural material like wood, be safe and stable, should have a solid wall behind it, and the bed should not be in line with any doors.
- Remove work-related items and electronics. It is best not to have any work-related items in the bedroom, and you should avoid watching television from your bed. Contrary to popular belief, watching TV does not promote restfulness.
- Be comfortable. Make sure the bed is elevated to allow energy to circulate around your body when you sleep (meaning there can’t be anything underneath the bed that blocks this) and place grounding objects such as nightstands (preferably round ones) on either side of the bed to balance the energy as you sleep.
- Avoid bright lighting. Soft lighting will help you feel more serene than harsh, bright, light. Eschew overhead lighting and opt for bedside lamps with low wattage bulbs to help ease your mind and body into sleep mode.
Your bedroom should be an oasis, a sanctuary for your tired body and mind where you can escape the stress of the day, relax, unwind, and get restful, restorative sleep. Incorporating feng shui into your bedroom can help you achieve a better night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world once again.