Creating an Optimal Study Environment with Feng Shui

Whether you are going to school yourself or have a child beginning a new school year, finding the right environment to study in can have an effect on your success.  Below I have given you ten great tips on how you can use Feng Shui to enhance academic success.       

1. Add nature or images of nature to the setting.  Studies at Washington State University found that when plants were added to a work and study area, productivity went up 28%.  The theory is that people are soothed by images of nature and the plants create a less stressful environment.                                                                                                                  

2. Make sure the door to the room can be seen while studying.  When we need to focus on a task it is important that we feel as safe as possible.  Being able to see the door assures us that we will not be startled by someone while we are concentrating on our studies.  

3. Good lighting is a must.  Full-spectrum task lighting is a preferred alternative to regular incandescent lighting.  Full-spectrum lighting provides a greater spectrum of light which lessens eye strain.   

 4. Find a place that is free from as many distractions as possible.  Many children are allowed to do homework while watching TV.  It is obvious why this is not the best choice for distraction-free studying. 

5. Consider aromatherapy.  Peppermint essential oil is known for improving concentration and enables us to focus better on tasks.  Diffusing it in the air (with a non-heating diffuser), simply smelling it in the bottle, or dabbing a few drops on a ribbon and tying it to a blowing fan can help improve mental clarity.  Be sure to only purchase therapeutic-grade essential oils for this.  Synthetic oils often include toxic chemicals.  Oils such as Young Living brand (available on the shopping page of my web site and also in this month’s Essential Oil of the Month section) are pure essential oils that are safe and healthy to use. 

 6. Place items made of rock or stone in the Northeast section of the home.  The northeast is the location related to study.  The element associated with the Northeast is earth and the supporting element is fire.  Salt lamps, ceramic items, things made of stone, tile, pottery, etc. are all good in the Northeast.  Avoid large indoor plants in the Northeast area of the home as growing wood is not optimal in that location. 

 7. Eliminate clutter from the study area.  Clutter is distracting and can make us feel nervous and overwhelmed.  

 8. If you sit at a desk, be sure you have a comfortable, ergonomically correct desk and chair.  If you are sitting for long periods of time in an uncomfortable position it will impair your ability to concentrate. 

 9. Make sure the surrounding area is as quiet as possible.  If noise is an issue and you can’t do anything about it (such as in a dorm situation), consider the use of an inexpensive white noise machine or fan.  Both can be purchased at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond.  The whooshing noise from the fan or white noise machine helps drown out other sounds without being distracting. 

10. If you study with your laptop literally on your lap, purchase a laptop pad from the office supply store.  It will help the laptop (and you) stay cooler and provides a more stable surface for it to sit.  

These are just some quick tips to help you with your studies.  Of course there is no sure cure way to actually get someone to automatically absorb all the information they are trying to learn, but having a space that is nurturing and comfortable can certainly help. 

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless http://www.sandiegofengshui.com

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