For more than 3,000 years, Chinese people have understood that the way you place yourself and objects around you impact all facets of your life. Now the Western world is paying attention to this ancient art of placement known as Feng Shui. Good Feng Shui is said to attract wealth, love, new career opportunities, good health, and much more. No space is too small to apply its principles. National Relaxation Day is the perfect time to make the following changes to your small bedroom to improve its Feng Shui.
The bed is the largest item of furniture for any bedroom. When your space is limited, it’s smart to position your bed first, then organize the rest of your bedroom furniture around it.
Feng Shui encourages people to place their beds in the so-called “commanding position.” In this position, the headboard sits against the wall that’s opposite the bedroom door, so the bed itself extends into the room. This position gets its name for the commanding view of the entire bedroom it provides. This view gives you a sense of security that your room is safe, allowing you to sleep soundly. The back wall also prevents chi, or energy, from moving behind you and disrupting your sleep.
Don’t place your bed directly opposite the door though. This unlucky spot is known as the “coffin position,” because you are vulnerable to any negative chi and even death entering through your door. If your room is so narrow this is the only option, create a buffer zone between your bed and the door. A box of blankets at the foot of your bed or a mobile hanging from the ceiling can reduce negative energy without impairing your view of the door.
Your bed also shouldn’t be underneath a window. This opening provides a place for chi to flow out while you’re sleeping, which could disturb you. Ideally your bed won’t be underneath a ceiling fan or any decorative or structural beams either. These overhead fixtures can diminish your health and impair your relationships. In small spaces, options are often limited though. If you can’t find a space for your bed free of these overhead items, hang a bamboo flute from them to minimize their negative powers.
While it’s not always possible in a small room, try to make a walkway on both sides of your bed for easy access. These walkways should be just as wide as one another. If you’re coupled up, these walkways will create a peaceful harmony for your relationship. Single people will also benefit from the equal energy flow around the bed. It creates an inviting environment that should attract a partner.
Mirrors can make a small bedroom feel much larger. However, Feng Shui tells us to think carefully about where we place them. Make sure you can’t see yourself in a mirror while you sleep, or you’re feel restless due to chi bouncing off the mirror directly to you. You could also startle yourself when you wake. Some people even believe placing a mirror across from a bed makes people more likely to be unfaithful!
If your bedroom has a view, try positioning your mirror to reflect it to improve your room’s chi. A bedroom mirror facing the door can help you see who’s entering the room and make you feel more secure.
If you cannot find a spot in your room for a mirror that doesn’t reflect your bed, that doesn’t mean you have to do without one. Simply covering the mirror while you sleep can help you get the restful night’s sleep you need.
Choosing the right mirror is also important. Your mirror should be large and clear. Modern mosaic or tile mirrors and antique mirrors that aren’t quite clear distort images. Viewing unclear images through these mirrors can make you feel anxious or negatively about yourself or your environment.
Some Feng Shui practitioners believe mirrors have no place in bedrooms, as they believe these reflective surfaces will always bounce energy around the room and prevent restful sleep. However, a common-sense approach is better than following hard line rules. Assess your sleeping patterns and see whether you are getting the rest you need with a mirror present. If you are sleeping well, there’s no reason to move or cover your mirror. If your sleep is interrupted, the mirror may be the culprit.
Get Rid of Electronics
Feng Shui is an ancient art, so it’s not surprising that it says electronics have no place in your bedroom. Keeping tech out of your bedroom might be challenging for gadget lovers, but there are some good reasons to follow the Chinese lead on this one.
Electronics bring high stress, work, and distractions into your bedroom that can inhibit your sleep and sex life. They also emit electromagnetic fields that create an unnatural environment for sleeping. Their reflective surfaces also act like little mirrors, bouncing energy around the room when you want to calm down. Tech gadgets also add clutter which can impede the flow of positive chi around the room. To make the most of your small bedroom, leave the electronics outside.
Improve Your Air Quality
Fresh air free of pollutants is essential for good Feng Shui. Ordinarily, you might bring plants into a room to purify it, but since they shouldn’t sit close to beds they’re not ideal for small bedrooms. Instead, you can boost your bedroom’s air quality by using an air purifier or opening the windows. As an added bonus, keeping windows open will help any negative chi escape from your home.
Essential oils can also improve your bedroom’s air and much more. Choose oils such as lavender, Roman chamomile, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood that promote sleep, rather than fragrance oils which are typically toxic. Put them in an oil diffuser to circulate their essence around your room.
Making a small bedroom an inviting, relaxing space can be challenging, but Feng Shui principles can help you achieve your goals and hopefully improve your life as well.
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