With many of us now working remotely from home thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Feng Shui can be an effective restyling tool, helping to make this lifestyle change at home a more positive and less stressful experience. Here, discover five essential Feng Shui tips for creating a more supportive home workspace, courtesy of our Feng Shui and home wellness expert, Simone Osswald of SO Feng Shui Design.
Set up your home workspace in a specific location, preferably in a quiet room, separate from other, more communal, places at home. Look for a room with a window that can be opened to allow fresh air to flow in; this will provide you with good oxygen levels that support thinking and concentration. Ideally, your quiet room for working should not be your bedroom — by bringing in work-related material and equipment with electronic and electromagnetic radiation you risk introducing items that will have a negative effect on your sleeping habits. If you have no other suitable option at home, then use your bedroom with extra care and consideration; make sure that all of your devices like a laptop, any screens, printer and the Wi-Fi modem are unplugged (not simply turned off or on standby) during the night.
If you sit with your back to a wall, representing a protective mountain in Feng Shui terms, you will feel additional support. If you can, position yourself with a view of nature outside as this can improve your creativity; in contrast, facing a wall can limit creativity. Ideally, ensure that you have a view of the doorway from your seat because this puts you in a ‘control position’; in Feng Shui, this will help you to relax as you will feel like you’re in a position where you will be aware of anything happening around you.
A decluttered room and desk will help to positively channel the QI (life force energy) and will reduce the elements of distraction around your new working environment, simultaneously promoting a calmer atmosphere. Practise Feng Shui by stowing all paperwork and work materials tidily in a drawer or in a nearby cupboard when they’re not being used. This is especially important if you are working in your bedroom, in order to create a mood that promotes a calming atmosphere, especially at night.
An air-purifying plant on your desk or near your devices can help absorb radiation and adds calming energy. However, if you use your bedroom as a workspace remember to remove this plant during the evening because Feng Shui principles do not recommend having plants in the bedroom.
Make sure you have good light sources and — importantly — a natural light source shining from outdoors, perhaps through a window, a skylight, or even through the doorway of an adjoining room, to increase your sense of wellbeing in your home workspace. When choosing your light settings and bulbs, bright ‘white’ light sets the brain into a more proactive ‘daytime’ work mode and will help to promote clear thinking and concentration.
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