Reducing Stress with Feng Shui
This is one of the beautiful things about Feng Shui. Stress is reduced by creating balance with harmony and flow.
The 5 Elements of Feng Shui are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal
This time of the year brings out the urge to do 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? – I close the door to the piles of things, sit down defeated even before beginning. How many times 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. You say, “I feel stress and more stress and don’t have time.” These feelings do not help with self-esteem or weight loss, as I reach for a doughnut or a glass of wine, or whine. Stress is oozing out your pores! Here is an article on our sister website: Reduce stress tips.
On the other hand, an orderly home creates harmony and balance, renews the family and those visiting, too. Look at your magazines, filled with pictures of calm and peace.
Creating flow and balance is an automatic de-stressor.
Imagine this: Noise levels drop, you feel calmer and think more clearly, even the kids and animals seem calmer. The balance from a well-placed fountain helps with seeing more visual space and creates that space to breathe and relax.
Before we can change something, we need to know what we 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 the 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 to look around the room. What draws your eye? Does it keep you in focus? Take a few notes. Enjoy the process – you are learning about yourself and how to move from stress to peace. Stress reduction is about the order, flowing from one space to another.
Here a few things that you can do to start transforming your Environment:
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 see what the room is saying – you can 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. The camera will point out the colors to you and help to see balance.
1. See what stands out most in the room.
Are there piles of magazines, too many colors? Mismatched pieces, too many plants, hundreds of small things scattered around? Not enough plants, no theme, is it noisy or too quiet? Are there gifts from people you do not like or betrayed you? Is there is no space for just quiet and calm?
2. Acknowledge and forgive yourself.
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 what a room would be like with a fountain, a few plants, and a change of color.
3. Supplies you will need:
Have a marking pen, cardboard boxes, trash bags, and if needed, the help of a friend to keep you going.
Have this mindset “I choose to do this now!” Start at one corner and work around the room. It may take a few times or if inspired you may continue until 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 lotion, 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 or friends for a block garage sale.
- Get the things out of the house as soon as possible.
- Baskets to hold kids things, electronics, or books.
- Groups like things together to make a collection. Scattered around those same things become clutter and chaos.
- Add a fountain to add some sounds from nature.
- Plants like peace lily require little to no 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 ones who just who is 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.
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