It's easy to feel stressed in December. Between end-of-year deadlines at work, trying to find the perfect present for everyone on your list, or preparing your home for a big holiday party, there are a million i's to dot and t's to cross before year's end. One thing you don't need on top of it all is to come home to an environment that makes you feel even more anxious. Things like excessive clutter, bad lighting, and awkward furniture layouts can leave you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or nervous.
Fortunately, feng shui experts have been studying how to make our homes healthier and how to create more positive environments for centuries, so they know a thing or two on how to tweak your home to help you de-stress. Because time is of the essence this month, we listed 35 small things you can do to each room in your home to help you relieve stress, starting with the feng shui trinity—the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Want to feel more at peace in your home? Tackle these small feng shui tasks one by one and feel the weight lift off your shoulders.
In the Bedroom
- Remove any mirrors, which increase energy flow, to sleep better.
- Place your bed in a power position—avoid having your headboard under a window or having your feet facing the door.
- Add a few shades of red to spice up your sexual life (which, as we know, reduces stress), but keep other colors neutral as to not overstimulate you.
- Reduce your clutter to a minimum, as it can cause sleep disturbances and depression.
- Keep anything related to work and all electronics out of your bedroom to improve your sleep quality.
- Don't store anything under your bed, and ground your space with a rug to avoid disrupting your sleep patterns.
In the Bathroom
- Add lavender, rose, or sandalwood, which are grounding and relaxing, either in the form of candles or essential oils.
- Remove excess clutter or broken objects, which can subconsciously wear you down.
- Add nature elements like plants and water features to make your space feel more soothing.
- Avoid hanging a mirror directly opposite your door or across from the toilet.
- Paint your space in green, blue, or white, which are purifying colors and represent new beginnings.
In the Kitchen
- Avoid fluorescent lights, and ensure you have multiple layers of lighting.
- Take care of your stove, which is associated with the wealth section of your life.
- Paint your kitchen with light colors to open up the space.
- Hang art that stimulates appetite and gathering.
- Clear your clutter both on your countertops and in your cupboards.
In the Entryway
- Don't paint your front door black, which invites bad luck into your home.
- Break up your line of sight from the front door to the back door with a rug or artwork to slow down the energy in your home.
- Place a mirror on the wall facing your front door so you don't metaphorically feel like you're up against a wall every day.
- Balance the five elements in your space. If you have aggression issues, limit fire elements, while if you lack motivation, add more fire elements.
- Bring messages of peace and happiness into your space as reminders.
- Keep this area clear of clutter to avoid feeling like you're running behind.
In the Living Room
- Set your sofa in a commanding position, meaning you have a view of the room's doorway at all times.
- Incorporate warmer tones, which help create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.
- Display happy energy anchors—mementos or personal items that are meaningful to you.
- Be mindful of what your mirror reflects because it doubles its energy.
- Add a plant to purify the air and bring "life force energy."
- Clear your clutter to clear your mind.
In the Office
- Position your desk in a commanding position, with a solid wall behind you.
- Don't place your desk under ceiling beams or fans, as they are energy-draining elements.
- Keep items related to work only, as to not distract you.
- Pay attention to air circulation and natural light to increase productivity.
- Digitize your files, and keep your tech clutter to a minimum.
- Nurture your goals visually with an inspiration board or other cues.
And now, feng shui colors to channel the best energy in your home.