Feng shui is the art of creating balance and harmony in the spaces around you to improve your overall well-being. It stipulates that there’s a direct link between your environment and your mental health. If you’re already a design professional or are looking into the field of feng shui, you already know the psychological benefits of decorating. Every choice you make is one with purpose. That blue wall paper in your bedroom? It’ll help you relax after a long day!
It should be pretty obvious where we’re going. Yes: feng shui can improve your mental health! Taking feng shui courses is the best entry point to introducing positivity to your life. Not only are you positively growing your career opportunities, but many of the lessons learned can be applied to yourself!
Keep your mind open, and let’s jump into it!
First and foremost, as you work through the course, you’ll learn to be more conscious of yourself—especially in relation to your surroundings. You’ll start recognizing how everything influences your mental health—both good and bad. In your texts, you’ll learn about examining physical furnishings, but also your relationships and spiritual wellness. You can reflect and apply these analytical skills to yourself.
You’ll learn about the Bagua Map, which notes down all the spiritual and interpersonal relationships in your life. It shows you exactly how they all intersect and relate. Wherever you can pinpoint personal problems, the map guides you on steps you can take to minimize or eliminate them. You can re-arrange your furniture to optimize positive energy flow (Ch’i), or you can add cures to improve the space.
You’ll learn to pay more attention to the little details. Little details can cause big waves. Did you know that just having a junk drawer is a barrier for good Ch’i flow? Yes, even if the drawer is closed and out of sight, it’s still in your immediate surroundings and thus can have a negative impact! By being proactive, you’ll be able to maintain good mental health, leading to prosperity and success in the physical realm, too.
Improved Physical Office Space
You’ve probably noticed how you want to take your work outside during the summer. Sure there’s more activity at the park, but nothing beats the bright sun and cool breeze under the shade of a tree. In fact, you might even be restless working inside than out when the weather is just right. The truth is, the fresh air and natural light could do you well!
The link between increased natural light with productivity has been well studied and documented in the scientific community. If you weren’t privy to that information, you are now. If working outside isn’t an option for you, feng shui principles will show you exactly how to get the same amount of productivity, right inside your office! Opening the windows for fresh air and adding plants for air purification is not only good science, but good feng shui!
You’ll learn how to optimize your space for office use. In a work environment, the last thing you need is distraction. Creating organization in a sometimes chaotic environment means you’ll be more productive and efficient in your business dealings. Especially if you eventually hire an employee to work with you, two minds turning in one space could mean lots of clutter—but not if you practice what you preach!
Improved Business Dealings
Your mental well-being heavily latches on to whether you’re happy with your career. In fact, there’s an entire Gua dedicated to careers on the Bagua map! Your potential for success lies in your happiness and ambition towards your career and business prospects.
Alleviating any stress you have with your business means setting yourself in the best position for success! Think about it—when you were in school, you probably felt calmer the more prepared you were for the exam. In the same way, you can change your environment to understand your current position. Identifying where the problems are is the first step in fixing it!
Then, channel positive Ch’i flow and an organized mental state to tackle anything that comes your way. Directing your energy to the right place and making calculated moves toward your goals becomes easier. The great thing about feng shui is how expansive it is. Going beyond just your career—family, health, and self-cultivation only scratch the surface of what you’ll be equipped to improve!
Good mental health starts with the home. It is, after all, where you spend at least a third of your time! You’ll learn how to create a relaxing, harmonious living space where you’ll feel content to retire to at the end of each day.
Creating a relaxing environment is easier said than done. It’s more than just having a speaker that plays ocean sounds around the home! Rearranging old furnishings and adding new pieces to reduce negative intrusions and distractions from the environment is a good start. You probably know what I’m talking about. Recall the light and sound pollution when you’re trying to sleep in on the weekends!
Light and sounds from nature should be blocked off while sleeping, but it’s another story during the day. Obstructing nature from entering the home is one of the worst things you can do. After all, many of the feng shui cures are placed to introduce certain elements of nature into the home.
But besides learning where to add charms and realign furniture, you have to deal with one of the biggest obstructers of all—clutter! Decluttering for feng shui purposes is a little different than what you’re probably used to. This is mostly because of the less obvious forms of clutter. That is, physical materials that become emotionally insignificant or negative that can become barriers to good Ch’i flow! With all your training, you’ll be able to sever ties with your items that a non-professional might not have the objective stance to do!
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