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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 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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