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How To Design Your Bedroom the Feng Shui Way

How To Design Your Bedroom the Feng Shui Way

Your bedroom is the room where you spend most of your precious private time, the room where you start and end your day, the room where you rest and recharge. It’s no wonder your bedroom, according to feng shui, is also the room which has the most powerful influence in various aspects of your life.

Feng shui experts believe that having a positive energy flowing within your bedroom will not only improve your sleep, but also create a balanced, harmonious, and prosperous environment. By paying attention to the placement of decoration, bedroom furniture and color choices, you can influence how your bedroom attracts these energies.

BUT what exactly is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui, (Chinese for wind-water) is an age-old art and science practiced by the Chinese over some 3,000 years ago. Feng shui experts and those who believe in its philosophy claim that chi, or the energy of life itself, is manifested in everything in creation. The goal of feng shui is to organize life and space to propagate a positive chi. It encourages you to harmonize your energy with your home so it connects with who you are and where you want to go.

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How to Organize the Bedroom in Feng Shui Style

For first timers, incorporating feng shui in the bedroom requires an open mind. Everyone must understand that it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme that will make you a millionaire. Nor it is a superstition or a magical makeover that will instantly transform your life.

Feng shui is all about harmony and balance. Organizing your bedroom in Feng Shui helps harmonize your energy with your environment and improves activities you do in your bedroom including sleep, relaxation, and sex.

Ready to get started? The following are tips to help decorate and arrange your bedroom in feng shui style.

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1. Declutter Your Bedroom

Feng shui is all about organizing the flow of positive Chi in your bedroom. And nothing screams disorganization than having a gazillion of clutter and junk piling on your bedroom floor. Most people have no idea what clutter does. Subconsciously, clutters wears you out. It depletes your energy, focus, and affects how you treat yourself and the people around you.

Decluttering Tips:

  • Take 20-30 minutes every day to sort stuff in your bedroom. Put away other items that belong in other rooms. Throw trash out and put items which should be sold/donated in a box.
  • Make use of creative bedroom storage, wall spaces, and corner shelves for items you need in your bedroom. If you have a nightstand, you can create a compartment inside to make it look nice and tidy.
  • Create a serene bedroom space by choosing subtle lighting, warm colors, and comfortable textures.
  • Remove trash under the bed including boxes, extra bedding, or anything you might have tucked away there into oblivion.
  • Buy a hamper for your dirty clothes to keep them from piling on your floor.

2. Proper Bed Placement

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    Bed position is vital for a healthy and positive chi in the bedroom. Knowing that chi energy enters and leaves the room through windows and doors, it’s ideal that your bed is not blocking this pathway.

    Bed Placement Tips:

    • Place your bed diagonally from across the door. This will help you see anyone who enters the bedroom and prevent the chi energy from disturbing you while you sleep.
    • Don’t place your bed directly opposite your door. This position is called the coffin or dead man position in Chinese and is considered bad luck.
    • Don’t sleep under the bedroom window. Don’t sleep under beams or anything hanging down from your bedroom ceiling.
    • Don’t put your mattress directly on the floor because that is the main chi pathway.

    3. Choose Appropriate Bedroom Furniture

    First off, you do not want to crowd your bedroom with an excess of furniture. Just choose ones that have purpose and beautify your space appropriately. Anything that doesn’t belong in your bedroom is clutter, and as we’ve established early on – clutter is bad.

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    Bedroom Furniture Tips:

    • Avoid placing bedroom furniture with sharp angles pointing towards the bed. Sharp edges that create cutting chi cause the body to recoil and prevent a relaxed sleep.
    • Never hang a mirror where your bed is reflected. This is a big no in feng shui. In feng shui, mirror represents qi energy or the water element which can double the energy of the person sleeping. This disrupts tranquility and creates restlessness during sleep. If you want to hang a mirror, make sure that it brings the beautiful nature outdoors to help bring healthy chi.
    • Choose a sturdy headboard. Ideally, it should be made from wood and should have a solid frame that will support your back.
    • Invest in a good mattress. When picking a mattress choose the appropriate size for your body. Avoid spring mattress at all costs. If you have no choice but to pick a spring mattress, choose the best innerspring mattress that would lessen the electromagnetic field conducted by metal which disrupts your positive energy flow.

    Conclusion

    The tips above will help you create a pleasant bedroom that can attract positive energy for a relaxing, sensual, and harmonious sleep. Those who want to incorporate feng shui in their bedroom should aim for the goal of balance and take the guidelines with an open mind and heart.

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    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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