Reduce your Stress with Feng Shui


One of the most important goals in Feng Shui is to create a space that is comfortable and relaxing. With stress-related illnesses topping the lists of diseases in this country, we could all use a little help in making our lives more relaxing and peaceful.

Here are some quick tips to get you started on creating a more peaceful living and working environment.

 Add nature to your surroundings

Scientific studies prove that human beings are soothed by images of, and materials from nature. As a species, humans have lived in nature far longer than in man-made surroundings. Our bodies are designed to respond to natural elements such as plants, water, sunshine and fresh air.

By adding plants, items made from wood and stone, fountains, and artwork depicting nature scenes to your space you will be bringing the outdoors inside. In doing this you will find your environment feels calmer and more relaxing.

Eliminate sharp Points and Angles as much as Possible

 Your mother telling you not to point at someone wasn’t just good manners. Sharp points, right angles and edges heighten our defense responses and make us feel more uptight and edgy.

When choosing furniture, décor items and plants for your space, select items with rounded corners and soft edges to make your environment feel more relaxing.

  Opt for Full-Spectrum Lighting

 Our bodies and eyes were designed to respond to the natural light spectrum of the sun.  When we don’t have access to sunlight, our bodies stop producing serotonin, which is the hormone that strongly influences our moods.  (This is why people living in far northern regions get so depressed in winter).   

 Replace your fluorescent and other incandescent bulbs with full-spectrum alternatives.  You can go on-line to find energy-efficient full-spectrum bulbs. 

If you work in a place where you have no control over your environment, then purchase a full-spectrum task light for your desk.  It will cut down on glare and make you feel better.

Install dimmer switches so you can raise and lower the light levels according to the time of day and your needs.

Choose soft, neutral tones and Colors

 Flesh tones, earth tones, tans, soft greens and gentle blues can help calm a room. Try to avoid overusing stimulating, bright colors if you are trying to create peace and calm in your space.

Only use Natural Scents in your Home

 Avoid artificial scents and air “fresheners” at all costs! They are made of chemicals and emit toxins. The result can be irritability, headaches, and nausea. If you wish to add scent with candles or other means, use products scented with natural essential oils, and avoid anything synthetic.

Your local health food store is a great place to shop for these items. You can also buy wonderful essential oils here:

Evaluate your Artwork

 Artwork has a powerful effect on our emotions. Take a fresh inventory of your artwork, and remove any pieces that don’t evoke positive relaxing emotions.


Eliminate Clutter and Live only with things you Love

If you don’t love it, use it, or need it…remove it!  Sometimes that includes toxic people in our lives as well!

Practice Gratitude each Day 

Don’t forget to count your blessings each day. Rise in the morning by being thankful that you have a fresh day in front of you to do good things and have rich experiences. Before you go to sleep at night, instead of counting sheep, count your blessings. It is amazing how relaxing gratitude can be!

  Copyright  Cathleen McCandless


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