Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
Many of us are facing difficult times right now because of the depressed economy and all of the related concerns. While Feng Shui can provide some short- and long-term fixes to help you deal with your problems, you can't begin to solve anything and move ahead if you can't get a good night's sleep.
A few Feng Shui changes in these four areas of your bedroom can help assure a peaceful night so you can awake each morning with a clear mind to face any challenges:
1. Under: Avoid storing anything under your bed, especially metal exercise equipment or shoes, so the positive sleep-inducing chi can flow all around you. If you sleep with workout equipment under your bed you are symbolically "running" all night; if you sleep with shoes under the bed you feel tired when you wake because you were symbolically "walking away" from a good night's sleep. When your storage space is limited and you must store things under your bed, keep only soft things like out of season clothes or linens.
2. Above: A ceiling fan is certainly useful to circulate the chi in a room, but if it is located directly above your bed its "cutting" chi could lead to poor sleep or even illness. And it could symbolically "cool down" your relationship. If you can't relocate your bed so it is not directly under a fan, hang a small, round faceted crystal from the center of the fan. This Water Element symbol will reduce some of the Metal Element of the fan.
3. Across: Avoid sleeping with a mirror directly across from your bed because in Feng Shui this causes overly active chi. Mirrors catch and reflect light, keeping a room awake and contributing to a restless night. Limit the number of mirrors in a bedroom to no more than one, and position it so you can't see yourself in it while you are in bed. And be sure to keep your mirrors clean or they will cloud your vision.
4. Around: The most restful color for bedroom walls is a "skin tone," ranging from ivory to mahogany. If you look at a paint color and it makes you think of the glow of healthy skin or the warm blush on cheeks, then it's the right color to sleep with. Cold colors like pure white, gray, and icy blue make it difficult to get a good night's sleep, and greens are too stimulating. It's also important to keep all work-related items out of your bedroom, limit electronics, and surround yourself with peaceful artwork.
FYI, according to the American Psychological Association, Americans report these top 10 causes of sleepless nights. If any of these issues are following you to sleep each night, try a few Feng Shui adjustments:
1. Work (74%)
2. Money (73%)
3. Workload (66%)
4. Children (64%)
5. Family Duties (50%)
6. Your Health (55%)
7. Spouse's or Child's Health (55%)
8. Parent's or Other Family Member's Health (54%)
9. Housing Costs (51%)
10. Intimate Relationships (47%)
Join my Feng Shui For Real Life page on Facebook where I post advice, tips, articles, and other Feng Shui information. Click here to link to www.Facebook.com/FengShuiForRealLife.
Want more free Feng Shui tips? Click here to sign up for my free monthly e-newsletter, the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine