A little bit of feng shui and energy clearing goes far in times of stress. Here are a couple of mindful tips to keep your home calm and relaxing during the weeks to come. When it comes to our homes, it’s all about flow, chi. Chi is energy. It is the always moving and changing life force that we feel around us, making us feel either good or bad in a specific location.
1. Cleanse the energy
“The purpose of this cleansing ritual is to clear away anxieties, sadness, impurities, dark thoughts, or unwanted energies that may have attached themselves to space or an individual.” Burning sage, a sacred plant, helps you feel grounded, and it removes 94% of bacteria in the air. This ancient ritual offers clarity, vision, strength, and wisdom. Before lighting the sage, open all windows and doors, so that the negative energy can leave the space. Light the sage and use the abalone shell to catch any embers. Smudge yourself first, waving the smoke over your face with eyes closed, over limbs, over the crown of the head, and under the feet. For an extra kick, bring in the great Equalizer of the crystals- Selenite. Liquid light and energy shifter, placing selenite in the corner of your rooms helps raise the vibration of the space.
2. Calming scents
In case you needed an excuse to light a candle or use your diffuser. An aroma that evokes a happy memory is a shortcut to feeling happy right now. Pine can transport you into the woods and the holidays while any type of citrus is mood-boosting and uplifting. Try lemon, grapefruit, and sweet orange for a burst of energy and happiness. Place a lavender candle by your bed and a pine candle by the front door. Ahhh, isn’t it great to be home? Try our small-batch, hand-poured soy candles that burn for 40+ hours for $15.55.
3. Create a good flow
The furniture you have and how you arrange it can influence how well you connect with yourself and your family.
Place sofas and chairs across from each other to encourage conversation, then add a few ottomans, which double as extra movable seating and places to put down a drink. De-clutter your space, clean surfaces, and reorganizing furniture to ensure energy flows in each room. You don’t want to be bumping into furniture and turn corners.
Clutter creates a low, stagnant, and confusing energy that is draining and stressful. Clutter is often lurking in your subconscious, making you unable to relax. It’s time also to get rid of things that you dislike, but you rationalized having around as “useful or “practical.” Why would you keep something you hate? Stop procrastinating and get rid of anything with a negative association. Once your space is more intentional, you’ll start experiencing a heightened sense of relaxation, increased clarity, and less stress. Wouldn’t you agree this is definitely worth the hard work and extra effort it takes to clear your clutter?
Try and keep only the essentials, and if you are not ready to throw things away, box them up, and temporarily put it in the garage.
4. Prioritize plants
Believe this: Caring for plants is an act of compassion, and the more empathy we have in our lives, the better we feel. Think beyond the windowsill and sneak in greenery wherever you can, even if they are only pretty cuttings in water. How about some fresh greens in the dining room or the bathroom?
Propagate plants and do all the gardening work you said you never had time for. Healthy plants emit fresh energy and positive growth by cleansing the air. Some of the most popular air-purifying plants include the Bamboo Palm, Lady Palm, Peace Lily, and Boston Fern. Look for smooth, soft, round leaves, which emit more delicate energy than sharp and rigid plants.
5. Keep your bedroom sacred
If you are going to be working from home, separate your workspace from your place of relaxation, and try to avoid working from your bedroom. It’s essential to keep your bedroom sacred and a place for rejuvenation. If you are limited on space, find a desk or piece of furniture that can close up or hide your paperwork so you can shut down your workstation when it’s time to go to sleep. We highly discourage all types of electronics in the bedroom, as they are major sleep disruptors. Haven’t tried a TV, cell phone, or laptop free bedroom before? Now is the time. Keep your cell phone at least 5 feet away from your bed, if not in a different room altogether.
6. Let the light in
Sun-filled rooms make us feel invigorated even when we feel stuck at home and low on hopefulness. To maximize the natural light in a room, skip curtains and drapes altogether if privacy isn’t an issue. Try hanging a mirror opposite a window to reflect the rays around the room. So smart!
7. Embrace a sleep ritual
Unplug from technology and start your sleep ritual with a warm shower 60-90 minutes before bed (too hot or too warm showers have an energizing effect, so avoid them). Supercharge your shower’s relaxing results by placing a lavender rose shower steamer on the ledge or corner of your shower in the direct stream. While you sip on a delicious herbal tea, grab your journal and pen and get comfy. Worry keeps us awake, writing about what is on your mind or a to-do list for tomorrow will help you sleep better. Physically offloading our thoughts makes them less exciting and decreases their ongoing ruminations throughout the night. If you have stressful events from the day on your mind, try journaling about them and redirecting your thoughts to finding something positive or lighter about them. DreamVana Sleep Ritual is available in our shop.