Article by Sara Bailey of www.TheWidow.net.
Grief can affect us on many levels, including sleep. While exercise and decompressing activities are often useful for helping us fall asleep, when our regular routine is disrupted by sadness or grief, it’s important to find many different ways to help you rest. Feng Shui can be particularly useful by creating a harmonious and balanced environment. It’s a Chinese philosophy that utilizes energy forces to establish a more favorable layout in your home. But it can also benefit your sleep.
Keep reading for more tips on how you can improve your sleep through Feng Shui.
1. Bed placement
Things like the location of your blinds, temperature of your room, and placement of your bed all contribute to your overall sleep environment, which is closely related with Feng Shui. Place the head of your bed against a wall—ideally, a wall on the opposite side of the door. As Feng Shui Nexus points out, this has to do with our survival instincts; being able to easily see anyone entering the room can help put us at ease and, in turn, sleep better. If you need help rearranging your bedroom, according to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost to hire a Feng Shui consultant ranges from $492 to $905—not a big price to pay to be able to restore your quality of sleep and well-being again.
2. Decluttering your room
Studies on sleep have shown that sleeping in a cluttered room can increase the number of sleep disturbances someone experiences, in addition to preventing an overall restful sleep. Make sure you’re not storing anything under your bed. In an article for the Daily Burn, Feng Shui expert Anjie Cho explains that the energy from items kept under the bed can transfer to you on a subconscious level, which is why it’s best to keep it as clutter-free as possible.
Many people find that coming home from work and watching a little television allows them to unwind and decompress. However, doing this too close to bedtime can disrupt your body’s natural clock and prevent a natural stress preparation response, which is not the kind of energy you want when trying to find restful relaxation. Some sources suggest turning off the TV at least half an hour before you go to bed. Many electronics are often mentally linked with offices and workspaces, which means you’ll have a constant reminder of the things that often cause you stress and anxiety. Fix this problem by removing these elements from your bedroom to help create a calming and cozy space.
4. Airflow in the room
At night it helps to cool the body down, which could help regulate your body’s natural cycles. During the warm months, open your window to allow a breeze to flow through your room. The rest of the time, you can use a fan, open the door, or do other things that promote a strong air flow throughout the room. Aside from letting natural sunlight and fresh air into the room, Feng Shui consultant Rodika Tchi suggests giving “smudging” a shot, which involves burning sage in a room as a way to cleanse the vibes and energy in the air.
5. Choose calming colors
Soft, muted colors, like light blue or earthy tones, can help promote the feeling of the bedroom being a restful place. If you aren’t able to paint your room, try putting up pictures, posters, or other things that feature these colors. You can also hang up sheets or have blankets that feature calming colors to help promote better sleep. Try to steer clear of any artwork featuring negative imagery.
Anyone forced to experience the loss of a partner or someone they are very close to understands how debilitating the bereavement process can be. The change of identity, stress from grief, and even physical symptoms that accompany a loss sometimes require extra assistance. Finding ways to stabilize important processes like sleep or diet can build a foundation for recovery. Feng Shui can help get you on the path of healing and start anew.
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