News flash! Healthy living means more than what you put in your body. The things that fuel your day come from other sources besides lean protein and fiber. The way you arrange your furniture can impact your lifestyle in a meaningful way. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system of arranging environments in order to maximize energy flow, mood, and productivity. Since a large portion of our time is spent in the office, we thought we would take a moment to share tips on how to make your office more flow friendly to contribute to your healthy lifestyle.
Clear Desk, Clear Mind
According to Feng Shui principles, visible objects tend to absorb priceless energy. Therefore, working in a cluttered space can be completely soul sucking. Take the first step toward a better working environment by organizing, purging, and hiding clutter in a cabinet or drawer. Make an appointment with yourself each week to de-clutter your space.
We’re not just talking about stocking your file cabinets full of SuperEats snacks (although that wouldn’t hurt). Having live plants in your work space brings you closer to nature, thereby awakening basic human connection to the outdoors. Leaves aren’t just for your daily salad, and they can energize your workday by bringing life to your space. Be sure to keep plants healthy and green by watering appropriately, and try a low maintenance succulent or two if you happen to have a less than green thumb.
Having a neatly placed bookshelf or stack of books in plain view of your office door or entrance is a good thing. Books encourage learning and curiosity and serve as a symbol of inspiration in a workspace. The best books are ones you’ve actually read/will read, so try to pick something that’s interesting to you, meaning not the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, unless you’re into that kind of thing.
Fit for Royalty
While you can’t install a throne or wear a crown around the office, you can position your desk so that you feel in control. In Feng Shui the Empowerment Position is across from the door. Therefore, in order to bring out your inner king or queen, you’ll want to place your desk across the room, facing the door at an angle to the room’s corner. This gives you a great outlook on your office space, and provides energy and drive to create new opportunities and forge new relationships and deals. If you can’t move your desk to face the door, place a mirror on your desk that reflects the door.
If you have a designated office space in your home, then lucky you! For the rest of us who are living out of one bedroom apartments, it can be hard to separate work energy from home life. Feng Shui experts recommend using a room divider or screen to slow the flow of energy between your desk, a highly active space, and your bedroom, dining, or living room, which are passive spaces. Another fun tip: if you’re feeling less than inspired in your space, a collection of round paperweights on your desk. They are known to be highways of energy flow.
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