Without your health you have nothing, according to a famous quote. Among the many factors that impact your health, the energy that flows around us or “chi” greatly impacts the quality of our wellbeing. Although we can’t see it, if energy becomes blocked or stagnant in our environment, this imbalance and disharmony will affect all those in its path, leading to subtle and often obvious discomfort and even dis-ease. Symptoms such as lethargy, irritability, depression, poor sleep, feeling “out of sorts” and disempowered are but a few possibilities of how the affects of bad Feng Shui in your home can impact you.

Can you harness the power of Feng Shui to improve your health? The answer is a resounding “yes”.

The relationship between your health and environment is closely linked. Feng Shui is about working with energy, and the intentional clearing and arrangement of objects to allow the healthy flow of positive energy, and the dissipation of the negative. An ancient Chinese practice, Feng Shui is focused on purposefully working with the proper application of energy flow, which although invisible to the naked eye, directly impacts our own energy field, which over time can uplift or drain our health.

If you haven’t been feeling your best lately, despite other changes you may be making to your diet for instance, consider how the environment that you are surrounded and sleeping in every day is having on your state of being. Applying the following Feng Shui practices in your home can help you increase your energy levels and stay healthy and of clearer mind.

• Feng Shui works with nine categories of life situations that are spatially represented by areas in your living quarters. The very center of your home (and each individual room) is the “health” area. Work on this area by clearing it of debris and wooden objects (in Feng Shui, wood “uproots the earth”), and add plants or yellow and earth tones to give the “health area” chi a boost.

• Clearing clutter overall is essential to the healthy flow of energy, as excessive piles of stuff are disorderly and constantly draining you. Clean out every room and closet of the house, especially items that have negative emotions associated with them. It’s said a cluttered home is a cluttered mind, and creates congested energy, not allowing new, healthy energy to enter your home.

•Clear the air, literally. Fresh, quality air circulation is vital to health and the movement of chi. Besides opening the windows often, helpful aids are plants and aromatherapy with essential oils which purify the air. Removing clutter as mentioned above will help clear mustiness and dust. Scale back on excessive electrical devices that emit electro-magnetic frequencies which are harmful to your body’s energy field. Move anything electrical as far away from your bed as possible which could drain you while sleeping, such as alarm clocks, cordless phones, computers and it’s advisable to never use electric blankets.

•Avoid having a mirror facing your bed, which can scatter the energy of the bedroom. If it’s not easily moved, cover it at night.

•Let in as much natural light as possible, and aim for ambient indoor lighting. Replace glaring fluorescent lights with softer lighting, full-spectrum lights, sun lamps or crystal salt lamps. In the evening, light candles to infuse your home with the uplifting fire element.

•No more dark and drab wall colours. Working with the right colours in the rooms of your home include; yellow - which boosts happiness and creativity, green – which promotes healing and calmness, blue – which is also healing and relaxing, and indigo – a relaxing colour which enhances clarity and intuition. Avoid painting your bedroom red, as it is too energizing a color to allow adequate rest.

•Remove sad or depressing art, or objects that are rooted in the nostalgic past, keeping you stuck. Instead, place happy pictures of loved ones, or of times of self confidence and empowerment, uplifting paintings, chimes, a small water fountain or any items that bring happiness to you.

•Healthy potted plants or wind chimes around your home will disperse negative chi, as well as playing soft and uplifting music.

There are many more advanced Feng Shui techniques for the right tools that a qualified practitioner would consider tailoring to each client’s particular birth elements. Applying a few changes to your home will do wonders for uplifting your mood, energy and wellbeing, which naturally all affect your health.

A relaxing, calming and orderly environment is not only easier on the nerves, but a pleasure to spend time in. Be sure your home nourishes you, not drains you!

Author's Bio: 

Yvonne Phillips is a National Feng Shui Practitioner, Author and Speaker with over 18 years of experience. Yvonne is certified with Feng Shui Institute International and has trained with world famous Feng Shui Master Lillian Too. As owner of Creative Color & Design, she incorporates Feng Shui principles into both residences and businesses, from small businesses to large corporations. Please visit http://www.fengshuiabc1.com or email yvonnephillips1@aol.com for more information.