6 Ways to Harmonize Your Home and Health with Feng Shui

Kathryn Weber

In Feng shui, which is often called the “Chinese Art of Placement,” the focus is on creating a living space that promotes happy relationships, vibrant health, growth, and prosperity. The greatest of Feng shui’s aspirations? Good health. A home with good Feng shui is one in which health is enhanced for everyone who lives there. Likewise, in Feng shui, problems in the home can sometimes show up as health issues.

A foundational concept of Feng shui is that there are unseen rivers of energy that move through every space. These rivers are called qi or chi. If energy is blocked, it can create a variety of problems ranging from stress -- to depression and fatigue.

More than just being an esoteric or new age philosophy, there’s real science behind Feng shui’s premise that the way your home functions and looks affects your life and health. In Feng shui, there is one room that counts toward health and wellbeing more than any other … the bedroom. A study by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who made their bed in the morning, or almost every morning, reported sleeping better by 19% than those who do this less often; 75% of people reported that they slept better when they had fresh, clean sheets on their bed.1

While most of the emphasis in Feng shui is usually on clutter and furniture placement, a frequently overlooked area is simple cleanliness. Research from Indiana University found that people in cleaner homes were healthier than those in messier ones, possibly as a result of the increased physical activity that is needed to maintain a cleaner home.2 Clutter can be a source of stress; the link between stress and health has been widely established. A recent study showed that a home’s state of repair and appearance had a strong effect on the residents’ wellbeing, including anxiety. 3,4

Here are six easy ways in which you can improve your home and health with Feng Shui:

1. Make your bedroom a priority.

For optimal rest, make sure your bed is against a solid wall from which you can easily see the door. Keep your bed and mattress clean and in a good shape. Avoid computers, desks, and exercise equipment in the bedroom to keep it restful. Make your bed daily and change sheets weekly to help you sleep well.

2. Keep your kitchen clean and organized.

Your kitchen is a source of wealth and health in Feng shui. A dirty kitchen and old food represent declining health and finances. Keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy foods, and scrupulously clean including tossing out any food that is past its “Use By” date.

3. Schedule regular house cleaning.

The Chinese say that a clean house is a lucky house. When your house is dirty, it makes you feel bad. Conversely, there’s no denying how wonderful and relaxing you feel when it’s been freshly cleaned. Schedule time to clean weekly. If the time is tight, hire a housekeeping service.

4. What you see is what you get.

In Feng shui, the eyes and the heart are connected. When your home appears restful and attractive, it can lower cortisol levels, which can make people feel less stressed. 4 Studies have shown that women who see clutter in their homes often have more fatigue and depression. For good Feng shui and good health, take steps to keep your home neat, organized, and visually appealing.

5. Good health starts from the outside.

Beneficial energy and good Feng shui practice begins outside and works inward. Realtors know this -- they call it “curb appeal”. In particular, plants are representative of good health. When your home is attractive and nicely landscaped outside, it lifts the quality of energy that enters your home. Keep your home’s exterior looking good and you will feel good.

6. Keep up regular home maintenance.

In Feng shui practice, deferred maintenance is deferred health. When you’re kept awake by a running toilet, or a dripping faucet, not only are you wasting water but Feng shui principles view this as synonymous with your health and wealth dripping away drop-by-drop. Preserving your home’s appearance and function with regular updates and maintenance keeps you, and your house, in peak condition.

About: Kathryn Weber has over 23 years classical Chinese Feng shui practice and writes the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui e-Zine for wealth and an award-winning Feng shui blog. She lives in Austin, Texas and helps homeowners and businesses employ the eastern practice of Feng shui with a western practicality. Kathryn's been featured in publications such as Seventeen, First for Women, Faces, Realtor.com, Conceive, and Natural Health. Sign up for her free program, 28 Days to Prosperity, a 4-week e-course that helps you get unstuck and create financial flow in your life. 

Visit her website at www.redlotusletter.com or on social media at Facebook.com/Fengshuikatie 

References:

  1. National Sleep Foundation sleep study. https://sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/bedroompoll/NSF_Bedroom_Poll_Report.pdf
  2. Cleanliness promotes cardiovascular health. Indiana University. http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/14627.html
  3. Home stress: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/home-organization-stress-survey_n_3308575.html
  4. Society for Personality and Social Psychology. No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate With Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol. https://undecidedthebook.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/saxbe-repetti-pspb-2010.pdf

1 comments :

Anonymous said...

Feng shui?
Chinese Medicine?

really?

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