Whether you’ve had a stressful day at work or a fight with your significant other, the best part of any difficult day is being able to come home and relax in your own personal space. For most people, this magical sanctuary is usually their bedroom. Being the room you get your beauty sleep in, having your bedroom in check is key to living a healthy, balanced life.
But what if your bedroom is actually adding to your stress instead of lowering it? If your floor is usually filled with clutter and there isn’t much organization to the overall layout of your space, this might be the case. But don’t fret! The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui – a system of laws used to govern the effects of spatial arrangements and orientation in relation to energy flow – has you covered. Here are some cheap and easy ways to get started on the journey to a more stable and wholesome way of living.
Give your room some life (literally.)
Life is energy, so adding even small amounts of it – whether it is a plant or an animal – is a great way to add positive vibes to your living spaces. If you aren’t able to (or don’t want to) have a high-maintenance pet such as a cat or a dog, try getting a pet fish instead. If that doesn’t appeal to you either, you can always go with some fresh flowers or another small plant. Just be careful that you take good care of it, as dead plants are said to be a source of negative energy, leaving you worse off than when you started.
Be mindful of when your doors and windows are open and closed.
During the day, your bedroom door and windows should be open (at least once a day, despite the temperature!) to allow air to flow in and out of the room, removing any stale air. This is basically Feng Shui’s version of “out with the old, out with the new.” This allows for a better flow of positive energy in and around your space, as well as making your room feel more open and cheerful.
Feng Shui principles also state that you should always keep the doors in your bedroom closed while you are sleeping, as this gives you feelings of being safe and secure, leading to a calm state of mind that allows you to get a good night’s sleep. Leaving the door open at night is said to let negative energy into your room while allowing the positive energy you built up during the day escape. The same thing goes for any other doors and drawers in your room, such as in your closet, desk or dresser.
Order things in pairs.
As a part of our basic human nature, we crave unity and balance. Having things in pairs in your room, such as a side table on each side of your bed and two matching lamps to go with them, gives you a heightened sense of peace and equilibrium. When things are off-kilter, our brains are tricked into a state of alarm and uneasiness. You don’t have to go all out and buy two of absolutely everything, but having some things in pairs around your room will improve how you feel about your space dramatically – both externally and internally.
Cover your walls with inspirational images.
Whether it is positive or negative, images are said to carry a powerful amount of Feng Shui energy. Therefore, it is best to have images and quotes depicting things that you enjoy or would want to have happen in your life. For example, a poster of a happy couple walking down a sunny beach would be better than having one of someone who is sad or lonely. When selecting artwork for your room, pay close attention to how the artwork makes you feel while looking at it, and use this to determine whether or not it is a good fit for your room.
Keep your room well kept and clutter-free.
As the saying goes, a clear space means a clear mind. If your floor is usually covered in clutter, take some time to clean it up. Leaving dirty clothes or books on your floor can make your life feel just as messy as your room is, whereas having a clean room will allow you to feel good about your space and yourself.
After you’ve gotten the mess under control, try making your bed everyday right when you get up. Coming home to a made bed every night is something that is refreshingly consistent that will help you get a healthier night’s rest, as well as dream better.
Following these simple steps can not only lead to better night’s sleep (which allows you to feel well-rested and ready to take on anything), but it can also improve your mood throughout the day leading to a happier and more balanced, peaceful life. Although these are mostly guidelines for your bedroom, get creative and see how you can apply these rules to other areas of your home as well!