The mental benefits of Feng Shui
Designing a harmonious living environment is an ancient concept dating a few thousands of years back to the Chinese, who developed the practice of Feng Shui. An equilibrium that manifests as the balance between the power of the wind (Feng) and the peacefulness of the water (Shui) is what the practitioners strive to, in their efforts to create a healthy living space. Harmonious and positive energy flow, called Qi (pronounced Chi) is the ultimate goal and the result is the wellbeing of those who inhabit the space.
Are there (mental) benefits of Feng Shui?
What has started as a balancing act of man-made and natural elements in the living and working space has sidetracked in the modern age. The genuine principles of Feng Shui have been inevitably adapted over time. Nowadays, Feng Shui, as advertised, seems to serve interior and exterior designers more than anyone else. Nevertheless, this set of principles is trying to align who we are and what we want with where we live. Why are those principles so important and why is Feng Shui still popular after so many centuries? While most of the gains of this practice are not scientifically proven, both practitioners and their clients claim numerous benefits. More specifically, the mental benefits of Feng Shui.
Changes that are made in the living space according to Feng Shui principles are meant to increase positive energy flow and thus enhance productivity, reduce stress, and improve mental health. It is a small wonder that the stressful lifestyle we all lead today invites the concept that can mitigate the effects of everyday strife. So, if you feel like you need some advice to help you distress, it is a sure sign that you’re ready for a change in your life. Scientifically proven or not, there is no harm in applying Feng Shui principles in your living space and seeing if your wellbeing improves as a result.
The first positive change that Feng Shui brings is stress reduction. It doesn’t promote minimalism, even though it may seem so at first glance. The interior arranged according to Feng Shui is clean and uncluttered, free of excess. It is easy to feel unburdened in an environment where you are surrounded by light, fresh air, and furniture that does not confine you. If you dispose of old belongings and, thus, eliminate emotional clutter, you will open yourself to a more positive outlook on life.
Psychological advantages of increased airflow
The second benefit coming with Feng Shui is increased airflow that has psychological advantages. By removing heavy, bulky furniture from your home, and indoor plants from your bedroom, you are allowing the air to flow freely, rich in oxygen. And oxygen is scientifically proven to benefit mental health and health in general. You can replace the old heavy pieces of furniture with new, light ones, that best suit your living space.
And if you decide to purchase and ship furniture from the neighboring country to create your Feng Shui oasis, know that the process doesn’t have to be complicated. You just need to find the licensed shipping experts who will complete the necessary tasks with the bare minimum of your involvement, ensuring your peace of mind by doing so.
Peace of mind
Speaking of which, peace of mind is one of the mental benefits of Feng Shui that comes from the connection with nature. This ancient practice has incorporated five elements necessary to achieve balance in the living and working space. As long as the Metal, Fire, Earth, Water, and Wood elements are strategically placed around your home or office, your connection with nature and flow of Qi are re-established.
Motivation for change
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of Feng Shui is that it inspires change. Recognizing the problem is the first step toward the solution. Reaching out to Feng Shui means that we are aware of the obstacles in our life and are ready to overcome them. This way of thinking is an important aspect of mental health and the fight against the negativity of the status quo is at the essence of Feng Shui. Just as the energy should be in constant unblocked motion, we should never stop reassessing our living and working quarters. After all, that is where we spend most of our lives. It is no wonder they influence us so profoundly.
The Positive Psychological Effect of Colors
While it has yet to be proven that colors have therapeutic properties, it is beyond doubt that they have a strong influence on our mood. Feng Shui uses colors associated with the five elements to bring harmony into our living space. Hence, one of the mental benefits of Feng Shui relies on the positive psychological effect of colors. With soothing colors that relax you just like nature would, you can create a space where you can practice mindfulness to reduce the stress of daily life. Other colors will improve your creativity, productivity, or simply energize you for the day ahead.
Thousands of years of Feng Shui have shown that the very principles of this ancient practice cannot be dismissed, even though the postulates of the practice are not scientifically proven. Modern-day science can’t prove (nor disprove) the existence of Qi and thus Feng Shui remains a pseudoscientific discipline. However, the benefits are evident, especially when the principles of Feng Shui are applied to our way of life.
Hoarding and a materialistic attitude in general, a hectic lifestyle and detachment from nature, have produced a range of psychological conditions that plague us silently. Feng Shui is bringing back the much-needed balance into our lives, simply by removing mental health stressors, irritants, and drains, and introducing elements of a clean, healthy, calming, and productive living.