Monthly Archives: August 2015

Feng Shui Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

sle09Have you ever had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? The Center for Disease Control estimates that 50 to 70 million adults in America suffer from some kind of sleeping disorder. If you, or someone you know is experiencing sleep problems, these five feng shui tips may help.

1. Position your Bed Correctly 
Feng Shui addresses factors in our surroundings that trigger our survival instincts. When our surroundings feel safe we are able to relax. When we feel vulnerable, we become more tense. If your bed is positioned too close to the door, or in a position where you can’t see the door when you are lying down, you may feel more vulnerable and less able to sleep. To remedy this, place your bed in the room so that you can see the door and not be in direct line with it. This position allows your survival instincts to calm down because you’ll be able to see who enters the room and still  be far enough away to be able to protect yourself if necessary.

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De-Stress Your Home with Feng Shui

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     Do you ever come home exhausted from a long day and just wanting to plop down and relax? How can you make your home a place of relaxation and rejuvenation?  Numerous studies by psychologists, psychologists, and even cellular biologists have proven that our surroundings deeply impact our bodies, minds, and spirits. In an ever-increasing stressful world, having a home of relaxation, beauty, and comfort is more important than ever. Here are six quick and easy ways to bring more relaxation into your home and into your life.

 Add Plants and Flowers

Rutgers University did a lengthy study on the effect flowers have onplfl93 human emotion. The result of the study was that when we see flowers, our bodies respond by releasing “happy” hormones like serotonin and dopamine. The University of Washington also did a study on the effect houseplants have on human behavior and found that productivity went up 28%, blood pressure decreased, and positive moods increased. Additionally, some plants actually work to purify the air and reduce harmful electrical fields. Keep your plants healthy and they’ll help to keep you happy.

Let the sun shine in!

When exposed to sunlight our bodies produce “happy” hormones that help regulate mood and sleep patterns. If you have rooms in your home that have no access to natural light (think windowless bathrooms and kitchens), then replace the regular light bulbs with full-spectrum alternatives. Full-spectrum light bulbs mimic the natural light spectrum. You’ll see that the light in the room will be cleaner and crisper, the colors in the room will be brighter instead of yellow and dingy,  and you’ll feel better too! Full-spectrum bulbs come in LED energy-efficient styles and they make them to fit almost every size outlet, including fluorescent fixtures. Check online or at your local home improvement store to purchase.

Minimize Sharp Points and Angles

Sharp points and corners make us feel defensive and tense. When choosing furniture, opt for rounded corners instead of sharp right angles. Choose plants that have soft leaves and avoid those with thorns or spikes. Your room will feel calmer and more relaxed with these small changes.

Clean up the Mess!cl

Having too much “stuff” around can make us feel distracted and unorganized. It can also make us feel guilty (“I should clear off that counter, I should organize the garage, I should donate those old books to the library, etc., etc.) You get the picture. Donate, gift, sell, or toss those items that you no longer want, love, need, or use, and you’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you and your home will feel.
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