April is National Stress Awareness Month to raise awareness of the negative impact of stress. There is no single definition for stress, but the most common explanation is physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension. While not all stress is bad, long-term stress can have harmful impacts on physical and mental health.
Here are some simple and easy-to-do Feng Shui practices to help relieve stress:
1. Invite the Chinese Water Element into Your Life
- Keep Feng Shui-savvy water features inside and outside of your home and work space. The sound of a water fountain or aquarium is emotionally so cooling.
- Spend time in or near water especially rivers, waterfalls and the ocean and enjoy the negative ions.
- Take cool showers (or finish your warm shower with cold water).
- Keep waterfall videos playing on your computer while you work.
- Eat watermelon and put slices of cucumber in your water bottle.
2. Re-charge Your Batteries
- Be utterly VIGILANT about taking mini-sabbaticals from noise, news, social media, telephones, television and gadgets—we all need a break!
- Every day, re-charge your batteries by spending time in nature. Take a walk. Watch the sunset or moon rise. Listen to the birds and crickets. Embrace a tree. Stand in the rain. Walk barefoot on the grass.
- Hug another or yourself! Dance! Chant or sing! Cook a meal for yourself or others!
3. Get Excellent Sleep!
- Keep all technology out of your bedroom! YES, REALLY!!!
- Make sure all en suite bathrooms are sealed off from the bedroom with a door that fully closes.
- Your bed should be up off of the floor so qi can circulate around you at night. Your headboard (YES, you need a headboard for energetic strength and support) should be solid wood or upholstered but no metal or wood slats.
- Place your bed in the “Commanding Position” (in the corner that’s diagonal and farthest from the entrance door with your headboard to a solid wall. This is PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT! When your bed is out of the Commanding Position, you can feel a sense of danger; have an inability to see both opportunity and trouble coming; feel a lack of control in the world; experience heart trouble; phobias can be exaggerated; emotionally vulnerable; feel out of control; or be accident prone (among other things).
4. Check Your Electrics
- Check all electrical systems as they affect your nervous system, and trigger anxiety, depression or adrenal burnout from a Feng Shui perspective. Look through your home and see if you have any of the following and make sure to tend to them right away.
- Any shorts
- Frayed wires
- Empty light bulb sockets
- Broken outlets, sockets or switches
- Unfinished electrical work
- Broken appliances
- Burnt out bulbs (are you “burnt-out”)
- Circuit breakers or fuses that often blow out (are you “overloaded” or have a “short fuse”?)
5. Avoid All White and Monochromatic Décor
White is a yang color and associated with purity and the Chinese Metal Element among other things. But if you have too much white ie all white walls, décor, furniture etc. the energy can ricochet and bounce and can cause anxiety, insomnia and emotional coldness. Also be careful of too much red when you’re feeling fiery, burnt-out or stressed.
6. Clear the Clutter + Stagnant Energy
Clutter and stagnant energy can exacerbate a feeling of anxiety. Hallways, foyers, stairways and entrance as represent the arteries and veins and keeping them “clogged” with clutter can amplify high blood pressure. Clear every horizontal surface in your office and home (especially your desks, nightstands, the kitchen counter and dining table) as these every-day views can affect your central nervous system.
7. Create Your Own Home Spa Retreat
Create your very own home spa retreat. Bring nature indoors with healthy, lush green plants, fragrant flowers, water fountains, stones, bamboo, lit candles. Take naps. Listen to soothing sounds such as recordings of gentle waves or a waterfall. Prepare your own special tea ceremony with a beautiful cup and a special fragrant tea. Burn fragrant incense or diffuse essential oils. Try an acupuncture mat or shiatsu foot massager.
Gwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others.
Photograph by John Lander featured in our Gardens of the Spirit 2023 wall calendar.
Posted by Gwynne Warner on 3rd Apr 2023