Dear Feng Shui fans,
A few of my friends have asked me for feng shui tips to enhance their sleeping so it’s created the inspiration for this blog. I hope you enjoy it!
For better sleep, bedrooms should be at the back-end of the house and not on top of a garage, under highly active areas, top of the kitchen stove, and in front of the house. Yin Chi is important in this space to help enhance your rest. Here are some bedroom tips to consider to enhance your sleep at night:
1. Create your command center
In feng shui, placing your bed in a “commanding position” is key. This means that your bed isn’t directly in line with the door and that you can see the door in front of you when you’re lying down. The commanding position puts you in a “safe” place and gives you a sense of stability (both physical and metamorphic) because you can spot whatever enters your space. Another important part of positioning your bed is to make sure you have equal room on both sides, so both people are able to get into bed easily. By making space, you create a balance of energy on either side of the bed.
2. Get a-head(board)
Opting for a sturdy headboard, preferably a wooden one, with no bars or holes on it. “The headboard keeps you connected with your partner and stabilizes you in bed. Not having a headboard makes your relationship feel more temporary. And if you’re single, a sturdy headboard can help attract a strong and secure relationship, proponents believe. If buying a new headboard isn’t in your budget right now, some feng shui experts suggest adding two large pillows behind your sleeping pillows.
3. Keep underneath your bed clutter-free
You might not realize it, but the energy from the things you store underneath your bed can transfer to you. That’s why you should clear out the chaos, so energy can flow easily around you while you’re sleeping. If those things have or represent active energy, like shoes, books or an exercise mat, you can absorb it on a subconscious level. If you absolutely have to store things there I suggest limiting them to soft items, like bed sheets, linens and pillows.
4. Decorate with relaxing colors
Earth tones, such as blue, green and brown, are best for the bedroom. When your ganglion cells — the receptors in the retina of your eyes — pick up the color blue, your blood pressure and heart rate slows down, which help prepare you for sleep. These colors help you relax and are soothing to the eyes. Active colors like red and bright pink can energize you too much. If you like those hues, try adding touches of peach, coral, burgundy or purple in your sheets, pillows or curtains (rather than splashed across all four walls).
5. Be selective with electronics in your room
Electronics, like a TV, laptop and smartphone, are a bedroom no-no because they can delay — or disrupt — sleep. If you use your phone as your alarm clock, keep it five to 10 feet away from your bed so you have to get up to shut it off. This way, you’re also not tempted for a late-night scroll on Instagram or Facebook. If you have a TV, either remove it or cover it up. Electronics release electromagnetic energy, even if they’re not being used, so it’s best to keep them out of the bedroom. You might also want to try to mediate or do a few yoga poses to help prepare your body for bed. Meditation is a natural relaxation technique that comes to your aid when you find yourself tossing and turning. At night, tap into your meditative state by using earplugs that help you get in touch with your own breathing – much better than counting sheep!
6. Enhance your space with plants and essential oils
Having plants in the bedroom can be great for sleep. The green color of plants can be soothing to the eyes and help put you in a good mood. And when you wake up in the morning, seeing a vibrant plant can help energize you. Potted plants or fresh cut flowers are great too. If you don’t have a green thumb or don’t have enough natural light in your bedroom to keep a plant alive, you might also introduce a rock garden, a seashell collection, or even a painting or photograph on the wall that depicts a beautiful, natural scene. You might also play nature sounds on your iPod before bed; the sounds of rain falling gently or the ocean’s roar is soothing and can lull you to sleep.
Playing up your sense of smell is another great option. Sometimes, scent is all you need to shift energy in a room from stressed and anxiety-ridden to calm and collected. Getting a diffuser with essential oils will enhance the aura and the Chi in your bedroom. For relaxation, Orange and lavender oils are great for de-stressing and relaxing. Additionally, sandalwood, chamomile, rose, cinnamon, vanilla, bergamot, and honey are all proven to create a calming effect and bring on sleep.
7. Choose your artwork carefully
The wrong choice of colors, art, and materials can greatly disturb the nurturing energy one needs in order to sleep well. Steering clear of any “sad” or “aggressive” imagery should be your top priority and filling your walls with thing that make you feel good, happy, energetic and loved are better.
8. Make your bed EVERYDAY!
An unmade bed reminds you of the stresses in your life, while a neatly-made bed welcomes you each night with a feeling of serenity and peace. An unmade bed sends a message that’s forlorn and incomplete. It’s a form of clutter, reminding you of other difficulties and annoyances in your life. Making your bed is a key way to anchor your romantic Intention. When you’re seeking a new romantic relationship or wish to bring the spark back into your current one, a welcoming bed beckons love into your life. When you arise from your bed and don’t make it, the act of sleeping lacks closure.
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