Did you know your bedroom environment greatly influences your stress levels and ability to truly rest and regenerate? We spend many passive “yin” hours sleeping in this room. It’s no surprise that in Feng Shui philosophy, your bedroom represents you. Here are some tips to create a harmonious space of relaxation and repose.
Location, Location, Location
Location absolutely matters! Specifically, I’m referring to the location of your bed in relation to the bedroom door. The best location for the bed is the farthest position from the door, while not in line with or behind the swing of it.
When you are lying in bed, you want to be able to easily see the door. You feel safe when you can see your bedroom door; therefore, your mind and body relax because you are in control of your environment. If this arrangement is not possible, set up a mirror such that while you are lying in bed, you can clearly see out the door.
What is underneath your bed influences your sleep and well-being. It is recommended that you keep nothing under your bed, so the energy and “chi” can flow easily around you while you are sleeping. We spend many idle hours asleep, so you are easily susceptible to the energies of the objects below your bed.
If you must store things here, stick with soft bed-related items such as linens, blankets and pillows. Be sure to stay away from sharp objects and specifically anything negatively nostalgic like photos of ex-partners.
Books, Electronics and Work
In order to transform your bedroom into a soothing environment, it is important to relocate any stimulating objects. Books, electronics and work items are often too energizing and engaging for the bedroom. In general, remove these sorts of items as they may induce stress when you are trying to rest.
If you are lying in bed and see your desk, this will induce a stress response that is counter-productive when you are trying to sleep. At the very least, a beautiful scarf draped over the TV, desk or bookshelf will help to separate the more active energies.
In general, soft hues of blues, greens, and browns are the most relaxing and healing colors for the bedroom. Greens and blues represent tranquility and healthy supportive energy; browns are more earthy and nurturing. Think of the colors we often find in nature: big trees, the ocean and the sky above.
Feng Shui recommends avoiding too much white, which can be stressful on the eyes (imagine being in a field of snow without sunglasses). Additionally, too much red or yellow is often over-stimulating and better used for accents.
Block out some time on your to-do list this month to de-stress your bedroom using one or more of these tips. A single adjustment can make a huge shift towards creating a supportive bedroom space.
Then, sit in the middle of your bed, take a few minutes to savor the moment, and thank your bedroom for giving you a special place to rest and renew yourself.