My home, my castle! Or better your home should be your sanctuary. Feng Shui, which translates from Chinese to mean “wind-water” is the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice of arranging your environment to enhance your life.
Because most of our days begin and end at home, having a peaceful home as your base can help you launch yourself into the world from a less-stressed place each day. Maintaining a peaceful home environment is an important part of overall stress management; coming from and returning to a peaceful place can give you energy for the rest of the day.
This ancient art, “Feng Shui” teach us how to arrange furniture, belongings, and other parts of our home to enjoy better health, prosperity, comfort, and a higher quality of life overall.
Sometimes simple steps can yield big results, and there are many effective steps that anyone can take:
Clear all clutter
- A good energy does not generate in a messy home.
- Clutter is negative because it traps Shar Chi (negative energy) in places. This can manifest in conflict amongst family members and visitors.
- Clutter also causes boggled thinking and confusion.
Clean your drains
Water represents emotions in Feng Shui so if your drains are clogged then it symbolizes old repressed feelings like resentment or jealousy overwhelming the psyche.
- Clean your drains and make sure they work properly
- Do not let your sinks, toilets, and bathrooms to be flooded – it means a personality that is also flooded with negative emotions
- Relaxing background music can contribute towards a peaceful environment.
- Loud, discordant noise, on the other hand, is stressful.
No sharp objects
Sharp objects symbolize harsh words and the cutting of ties in important, intimate relationships.
- Don’t leave sharp objects like scissors, pliers or knives just lying around
- Don’t hang knives on the wall or put them on display in the kitchen either
- You should also not have decorative swords or knives hanging on the wall
Paint rooms in a single color
Paint trims, walls and ceilings in a single color or in a single color palette, just like spas. Painting a room too many colors can cause disruptive energy.
- Cool and calm colors make your home look more welcoming and peaceful.
- Muted tones of yellows, greens, browns and other such earthy colors can help make your room look a lot more relaxed
Soothe with scents
Aromatherapy is extremely helpful, as well as making sure that air is constantly moving through my home.
Aromatherapy can help create a peaceful home that subtly offers passive stress relief, making it a recommended element of a peaceful home.
Pictures of nature
Pictures of flowers, birds or peaceful landscapes help set a peaceful tone for the room and create calm and quiet.
Cityscapes and ships sailing on stormy seas create an opposite effect.
Views such as gardens and open spaces through open curtains of a window provide depth to your line of vision.
A Space for stress relief activities
One of the challenges of maintaining stress relieving habits is that we get busy and let other activities in our lives come first.
If you build in a physical space for your stress-soothing habits, you have a physical reminder, as well as a facilitator, to help you maintain the motivation to keep these habits in our lives.
“I used to stress about having a messy home. Suddenly, cleaning was my top priority, which caused other stress. (“Don’t play there! I just cleaned!!”) Now I relax and enjoy my kids, and get to cleaning when I get to it. My house is messier than it was when I was obsessing, but our home is definitely more peaceful.”
Oriental and Asian Décor
Oriental and Asian decor often incorporate natural elements such as wood, different textures of stone and lots of indoor and outdoor plants. That creates a naturally calm setting that promotes a sense of harmony and serenity.
Safe and comfortable environment
- Choose comfortable furniture, especially considering furniture where you spend the majority of your time.
- Choose furniture with rounded edges instead of sharp, protruding edges.