How to De-Stress Your Bathroom: Feng Shui Style

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Many people are concerned with the bathroom when it comes to feng shui. When the practice was developed in ancient China, bathrooms were (and sometimes still are) quite unpleasant. Think gas station bathroom in the middle of nowhere while camping.

Modern bathrooms in western-style homes are quite the contrary. They are spaces to relax, soothe, pamper… and de-stress! To make sure you can de-stress in style, here are some feng shui tips for your bathroom.

Keep the Door and Toilet Seat Closed

The bathroom is a place where water flows out of your space through the plumbing. This is a concern, because in feng shui water represents cash flow. This is especially problematic in tall apartment buildings where there are many bathrooms stacked on top of each other.

Either way, it is a good idea to keep the door to the bathroom, as well as the toilet seat, closed to help mitigate the water issues. On a practical note, closing the toilet seat helps lower the humidity levels in the bathroom, making it a cleaner and fresher environment.

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by Anjie Cho


De-Stress Your Bedroom: Feng Shui Style

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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’s Underneath?

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.

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by Anjie Cho


De-Stress Your Closet: Feng Shui Style

featured May 1 on Savor

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When I tell my clients to de-clutter their closets, what I’m really saying is “create some space in your life.” Feng shui principles encourage us to peek into those dark closets to begin to shift the energy in our spaces. This releases stale, blocked energy and welcomes in new, vibrant life energy.

As we’re moving into the warmer weather months, this is a great time to de-clutter your closets. I have three feng shui tips to help you to make some space in your closet and consequently, your life.

Donate

If they haven’t seen daylight in the last three years, it’s time to donate the clothing, accessories or shoes. Pay special attention to the items that fall into the categories of “does not fit anymore” or “never worn before.” If it doesn’t fit you anymore, whether it’s too small or too big, you’re holding onto blocked energy.

This often translates to holding onto weight. If you really want to release weight, let go of some of the clothing that’s holding you back. Then there are those outfits that looked good on the rack but are still hanging in your closet with price tags. Let them go, too!

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by Anjie Cho