By Dila Yalman
The Philosophy of Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice that looks at how our environment harmonises with the principles of the natural world. Amidst the uncertainty we are living in, reality may feel largely out of our control. Alongside participating in social distancing and stay at home, we can also bring control and peace into our homes by introducing Feng Shui.
As most employees are having to work from home, COVID-19 could even permanently shift working patterns, even after the pandemic has subsided. Although working from home does not change your day-to-day work, it does change your environment. To maximise your success, it is becoming more important to set up your home office with good Feng Shui whilst adapting to the new working environment. You will not want to go back to the office after this!
These six steps create guidelines you can follow to create an energised and healthy home from a Feng Shui perspective. Preferably, the home office should not be set in the bedroom; you must keep your personal and business life separated as the bedroom is dedicated to self-care. Dining rooms and guest rooms work well because according to Feng Shui principles, harmony is achieved when the use of space is compatible with its energy sector.
In Feng Shui, your desk represents your career, and giving visual control over your workspace gives you greater control over your work life. Get your desk into a better position by placing it diagonally across the door, with your back to the wall. This gives you a clear view of the room, without being in a direct line with the door. This command position reduces stress and puts you in charge of your professional life by helping you see opportunities/challenges coming your way.
Lighten Your Office
Add more light, open the blinds, add more lamps. Adding light to your home helps lift the energy and your energy too. In feng shui, light represents the fire element which brings harmony and balance to every space. Natural light always transforms the space but if you are a night owl, a Himalayan salt lamp not only provides a warm glow but also clears electromagnetic frequencies from computers.
Keep It MinimalCut the clutter to make space for positive energy. Make it a task at the beginning and end of each day to clear the clutter and prepare your mindset for work. Minimal lines also make for an elegant interior whilst wiping away any unnecessary stress.
But minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean keeping it plain. You can add as much colour as you like, but be mindful of what it represents; green improves health, blue supports career success, yellow represents happiness and white brings creativity. Incorporate your surroundings with colour and feel it drive the space’s energy.
Efficiency is a major part of feng shui. You should make your flow as simple as possible by removing any obstacles between you and your office. Whether these are physical obstacles, such as sharp table corners, or unwanted interruptions, there are a few ways you can create a barrier between you and the rest of the house. By removing any sharp obstacles and setting boundaries with those you with, you can steer the energy in the direction you prefer.
Add PlantsPlants embody life energy. Incorporate nature into your office environment to activate positive energy and help remove the negative electromagnetic energy from your computer. As well as purifying the air, plants such as Lucky Bamboo Stalks promote healthy energy and add vibrance to your surroundings.
MetalIn the Chinese Zodiac, the Zodiacal Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals. The element of 2020 is Metal, which indicates success, productivity, and organisation. It is a perfect addition to add to your home office. Accessorising with a metallic object brings both décor and balance to your workspace. It can help with the sharpness of thought and productivity.
Following the rules of Feng Shui is a great way to re-energise your home and boost morale in these times of uncertainty. By checking in with yourself every day and reflecting on your energy will enable you to bring positivity into your space and overcome challenges. By doing this, you are truly embracing the practice of Feng Shui.