Have you been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately? The end of summer can be hectic with squeezing in that final vacation, kids going back to school and planning for Labor Day. Maybe a little Feng Shui can help. Feng Shui helps us create spaces in our homes where we love to be…where we feel most balanced, relaxed, at ease and at home.
Try these simple ideas:
Remove your shoes before entering your home - Make it a ritual to leave the stress of your job, traffic jams and bad days outside. The simple act of removing your shoes is symbolic of casting off the worries and troubles, as well as the dirt, of the outside world. An added bonus is that it saves your floors!
Clean your space and clear clutter - Clutter disrupts your life. When it’s rampant, you feel stressed about everything. You can’t find your keys, important letters, the right belt or a cherished memento. Disorder creates mayhem and hinders your ability to find peace. Make sure that your bedroom, closet and bathroom are in order. If you can begin your day with calm, you have a better chance of feeling centered as you go out into the world.
Surround yourself with light, fresh air and greenery - Open the doors and windows and invite nature in. As night draws near, avoid bright light for at least an hour before bed. Instead allow your body’s natural cycle to slowly move towards night. Use soft light in the bathroom and place dimmers in rooms you spend a good deal of time. Plants are relaxing both inside and outside the home.
Get more sleep by creating a wonderful place to rest your head at night - The best position for your bed is in the back corner of the room, diagonally opposite from the door. This site provides grounding because of the solid wall behind the bed, the expanded view of the room and door, and protection from fast moving energy entering the space.
Choose colors that help you unwind - Incorporate blues, lavenders, greens, peaches and other soothing earth tones into your home. Whether on walls, linens, artwork or decorative objects, soft, neutral colors provide a sense of calm.