Reducing Stress with Feng Shui is one of the beautiful things about Feng Shui. It does this by creating balance by harmony and flow. The 5 elements of Feng Shui are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
This time of year Spring brings out the urge to do the Spring Cleaning, reorganize or just plain purge our homes, patios, garages and yards of too much stuff. What do I do? Where do I even begin, closing the door the piles of things. Sitting down defeated even before beginning.mes have you walked into the living room and seen magazines, books and shoes scattered about and felt instantly overwhelmed?
Clutter causes anxiety and inhibits concentration, focus and carry through. Visual chaos creates emotional chaos. Clutter takes you out of a peaceful place and all you see is what you have not accomplished. Stress, stress and no time. These feeling do not help with self esteem or weight loss, as I reach for a donut or a glass of wine, or whine. Stress is oozing out your pores.Reduce stress tips.
On the other hand, an orderly home creates harmony and balance, renews the family and those visiting too. I look at the magazines, filled with pictures of calm and peace.
Creating flow and balance is an automatic de-stressor. The noise levels drop, you feel calmer and think more clearly, even then the kids and animals seem calmer. The balance from a well placed fountain, seeing more visual space creates that space to breathe and relax, we are so in need of.
Before we can change something we need to know what need or want to release. Reducing stress is about creating a place of calm and peace. Somewhere you can go and sit and just be for a moment and let the worries and world fade into the background.
Great news it is not that hard to begin you do have 15 minutes at a time to start. Stop and stand looking around the room. Where draws your eye, does it keep you focus. Take a few notes. Enjoy the process, you are learning about yourself and how to move from stress to peace. Creeping clutter. Stress reduction is about order, flowing from one space to another..
Here a few things that you can do to start transforming your Environment:
I take a few photos of the room, and look closely at them. The camera does not lie. See through that lens. This technique also removes us from some of the emotions. Just clearly seeing what the room is saying helps, you let things go to new homes. Too much red, or metal in a room can tire you. Too much beige or earth tones can feel like you everything is in slow motion. A balance. The camera will point this out to you.
1. What stands out most in the room:
Piles of magazine, to many color s? Mismatched pieces,too many plants,hundreds of small things scattered around. Not enough plants,no theme, noisy or too quiet. Gifts from people you do not like or betrayed you.There is no space for just quiet and calm.
2. Acknowledge and forgive your self.
Accept where you are now and see how the actions will improve the quality of your home for all. The rewards will keep on giving. Imagine a room would like. Fountain, a few plants, a change of color.
3. Supplies you will need:
Have a marking pen, cardboard boxes, trash bags, the help of a friend to keep you going if needed.
The mindset I choose to do this Now! Start a one corner and work around the room. It may take a few times or inspired you may continue till done.
- Clear the piles first, then clean that space.
- Then get a few boxes that are matched, in colors and design you like. you can fill these with things you use daily. I have one to keep my hand lotions, small inspirational books near me, and my favorite chair.
- Remove the things you do not like
- Boxes labeled Give away, Trash, Repair. If you have not used in 6 months release you and it.
- Contact the neighbors for a block garage sale or friends.
- Get the things out of the house as soon as possible
- Baskets to hold kids things, cd’s/dvd’s or books.
- Groups like things together to make a collection, scattered around those same things become clutter and chaos.
- A fountain to add some sounds from nature
- Plants like peace lily require little to not maintenance.
Many times we inherit things that do not go with our style of decorating and just sit in the attic, garage or in the house. These pieces can be a great enhancement when properly placed.
If you are one of the lucky one who just who are happy with the place as it is .Good for you.
I encourage you to embrace and learn more about the guiding principles of Feng Shui – and in just one day, you can start to bring a sense of balance and harmony to your home and outdoor patios.
Want to learn more? Join Darielle May 3, from 12-1pm at Molbak’s, in Woodinville for a FREE seminar and learn how to transform living spaces into sanctuaries with Feng Shui.