Bedroom Feng Shui for Health
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If you’re feeling drained and depleted, it’s a good idea to look at the feng shui of your bedroom. Your bedroom is very connected to you, and it’s the place in your home where you probably spend the most time. It’s also the most intimate part of your home, and where you go to recharge. This makes it one of the most effective places to apply feng shui principles, especially when you want to support your health and wellbeing.
Here are a few ways you can work with feng shui in your bedroom to create more ease and comfort:
Set up your bed
One of the most important things to look for in your bedroom when it comes to health is your bed position. It’s important to pay attention to your bed position because you spend a lot of time in bed, and much of that time is spent sleeping, which is a passive, yin state. This means you are really absorbing the energy around you. In BTB feng shui, we use the commanding position, which is based on the flow of energy through a room, to find the best location for a bed.
To put your bed in the commanding position, you’ll want to be able to see the main door to your bedroom while you’re lying in bed or resting back against your headboard, without being directly in line with the door. This can support your overall well being because you are able to see and greet any energy that may be coming towards you, which allows your nervous system to relax. This happens on a subtle level so you may not notice anything right away, but it can be a really powerful shift.
Sometimes, it’s not possible to move your bed into the commanding position, especially if you live in a smaller space. If this is the case, you can also set up a mirror that allows you to see the reflection of the door from bed. However, if it is an option to move your bed, that’s always best.
Remove excess clutter
We aren’t here to judge clutter, but if you have so much stuff in your bedroom that you can’t move through it easily, that can create heavy, stagnant qi that can be frustrating on a subtle level. If you can’t navigate through your bedroom with ease, qi will not be able to either.
Clutter can show up in the form of clothes or books piled up around the room, or it can even be furniture that is too big for the space. If you have a lot of heavy furniture and not a lot of open floor space, it could correspond to not having a lot of room to relax and take care of yourself.
While we don’t see it as commonly, it’s also important not to go too far in the other direction. If you have almost nothing in the bedroom, that can create a lot of yin qi, which is also challenging. An empty bedroom can be a reflection of someone who doesn’t have a lot of stability, or who hasn’t invested in themselves or their space.
Choose supportive colors
Color is a really effective way to shift the energy in your bedroom to support a certain intention. While you can certainly paint your walls if you’d like, this isn’t necessary — there are many ways you can bring in color in smaller doses, like bed linens, throw pillows, or artwork. Here are a few of our favorite health-supporting colors for the bedroom:
Yellow is the traditional color connected to the earth element, one of the five elements we work with in feng shui. Bringing in earth colors can help to cultivate the energy of grounding, stability, and nurturing. Yellow is also the color of Tai Qi in the feng shui bagua, which has to do with your overall health and well being.
Green, teal, and blue are all related to the wood element, which supports healing and growth. These soothing colors also connect us to nature because they remind us of the colors we see outside.
Mid-tone browns also help us connect to that stable, grounding energy of the earth element. If you’re feeling a little anxious or nervous, bringing in more earth qi (energy) is a great way to balance that out. You may already have some earth energy in your bedroom if you have wood floors or furniture. In feng shui, wood in natural brown tones is connected to the earth element, rather than the wood element.
Add natural elements
Bringing natural elements into your bedroom can also go a long way in helping you feel nourished and supported by your environment. Make sure you have window treatments that allow you to let in natural sunlight during the day. Sunlight is lively, life-giving, yang energy, which is helpful in balancing out any slower yin qi. It’s also a good idea to clean your windows regularly, and open your windows often to let in fresh air.
You can also choose natural fibers for your bedding, like cotton or linen. Plants and crystals are other natural elements that you can incorporate into your bedroom decor to create more harmony and connection to nature.
We hope these tips help you create a supportive, nourishing bedroom where you can relax, recharge, and feel rejuvenated!