NAPO Guest Post
Clutter can overtake even the most organized person’s life. Even with the best of intentions, tables become filled with papers, kids are late for school and dinner never quite makes it to the table. At the end of the day, we could all use a little feng shui in our lives.
While most think of feng shui in reference to the arrangement of furniture, it’s really about balance and the control of chi, or positive energy. In this philosophy, energy needs to flow freely through space, physical or mental. Your positive health is then created by smooth circulation. If your space or life is cluttered, your chi cannot flow freely through your space, causing an array of emotional problems like depression and anxiety.
So how can you arrange your life in a feng shui-friendly way? Start by examining different areas of your life and fine-tuning them accordingly. Here are some tips to help you along on your journey.
“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” -Buddha
Think about all the times you’ve panicked on your way out the door in the mornings because you’re running late. That stress can seriously affect your health. Start a system to help organize your time. Try setting multiple alarms on your phone in the mornings to remind you when to move to the next step of your morning routine.
You can also manage your time by keeping your to do list on a notepad or app. Mental notes are great, but writing it down will help with optimal mind and time organization. Lastly, learn to say no. If you don’t have time for that meeting or dinner, tell the other person and reschedule.
“A kind man who makes good use of wealth is rightly said to possess a great treasure but the miser who hoards up his riches will have no profit.” -Buddha
The fact that money and stress are linked is no secret. We all have bills to pay, so watching your hard-earned paycheck quickly dwindle can be frustrating. Hire a financial expert or take a few classes to learn how to better organize your finances. You chi will be brighter without a cloud of debt and stress following you around.
“Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.” -Buddha
Eating and Sleeping. Two of the most important necessities to living. With the hectic lives of most Americans, food and sleep get pushed to the side, when they should actually be at the top of our priority list. Create a schedule for proper sleep and eating, and stick to it! Your body can’t function properly without these things.
“The secret of happiness lies in the mind’s release from worldly ties.” -Buddha
Clutter sneaks into our homes at one point or another. Think about your tables, your fridge, your bathroom cabinets. How cluttered are they? Depending on your current level of organization, you might want to start fresh. Clean out the fridge. Clear off your tables. Go through your closets and other cluttered areas and decide what items to keep, sell/donate or trash. For your clothing, you can donate. Other items, like old CDs, DVDs and video games, can be sold to companies like Decluttr, who will pay you cash for them. Getting rid of that clutter in your space will allow the positive chi to flow freely, and it will help reduce your stress.
Organization is the key to living a feng shui life. Now that you know a few of the basics, what are you waiting for? Get your feng shui on.
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