Relaxing your body and your mind
Find what works for you.
Salt baths or long showers? Meditation or yoga? Taking walks or swimming? Hugging trees or gardening? Painting or horseback riding?
It could be all the above.
Raising your vibration with activities you love is the key to finding harmony.
Research which foods and supplements can help keep your cool. It’s not only dark chocolate and chamomile. Did you know that fish, turkey, eggs, and oats are high in tryptophan, the amino acid that helps serotonin production, so the feeling of happiness? Are you aware that oysters and cashews are high in zinc, which lowers our body’s response to stress?
Bringing nature indoors
Crucial for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, bringing nature into your home has been an interior design trend for years now.
There is a wide range of materials and textures to choose from to delight your senses. Go beyond the obvious warm wood, rustic brick, simple cotton, and go for the visual and tactile experiences that sleek metals, colored glass, rich velvet, unusual gemstones, or exotic grass-cloth can bring.
Having live plants and flowers inside is a sure way to reduce stress, improve your mood, concentration, and productivity.
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Earth, the grounding element
If you want to feel more grounded, balanced, and stable, or wish to slow down, you can enhance the element of Earth in your space.
By using ceramics, tiles, brick; landscapes with desert/field; flat surfaces, horizontal set ups; square, rectangle, cube shapes; yellow, gold, and earth stones.
According to Feng Shui, the center of your home is one of the Earth element’s natural locations. This is where all the energies meet, it represents your health, and influences all the areas of your life.
Always watch out for the balance of the 5 Elements overall.
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Don’t surround yourself with mess, junk, broken, disliked objects, that steal your energy every moment. If you want to avoid visual overload, don’t hoard patterns or colors either. Declutter, clean, organize regularly to help the energy flow free, and make your everyday life easier.
Keep meaningful, cherished items to lift your spirits and to inspire you on your journey in life. Art, statement pieces, power objects, inspirational books, memorabilia, good luck symbols- let them warm your heart and nourish your soul.
Choose consciously what you have around to impact and impress you.
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Lulling with color
Color, the life force, changes how we experience the atmosphere.
Natural colors are soothing: whites, beige, yellows, greens, greys, browns, clays, taupe, navy blue, black. Avoid bright colors, except for a few accents. Turning to neutral and natural colors have been an important trend in interior design. These colors support us in breaking away from the visual overwhelm that we experience in the outside world.
Natural light enhances the healing power of colors. It brightens up the rooms, makes them look bigger, enlivens all the colors, and enhances natural materials. It keeps our body clock synced, makes us more energetic and hopeful.
Shades/curtains can filter the light. In bedrooms, light needs to be blocked out for the best sleeping conditions.
Splurging for comfort
Invest in a great mattress and quality beddings, high thread-content sheets. The right mattress will support the natural curve of your spine, prevents pain, reduces stress levels, and allergy symptoms, even controls snoring. Besides your physical wellbeing, it keeps your mental and emotional health balanced.
Quality beddings not only last longer, and are way more comfortable, but they are healthier for your skin, and enhance the quality of your sleep.
Wrap yourself in a large plush towel after a bath/shower for a luxury feel.
Textures soft to the touch add depth and bring coziness to the interior. Layer them like a pro: textured furniture, accessories from various materials, fabrics, plants, even lighting.
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The ideal room temperature is between 68-, and 76 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the area of your home, the activity, the season. There are various factors that influence how one’s body feels hot and cold. What is most comfortable for you and your family?
Nature sounds (birdsong, water flowing), and music with a slow tempo are pacifying, reducing mental, emotional stress, by lowering the heart rate, and the cortisol level, and releasing dopamine. Listening or making music brings you into the present moment, where the opportunity for creativity and connectedness lies.
Essential oils are extracts from plants, remedies for body-mind-spirit. You can customize them to diffuse, so smell becomes vital part of the interior. For stress relief, healing, purification, and so much more.
Scented candles have been used for centuries when creating a serene ambience. The aroma of candles stimulates the area of the brain that is responsible for emotions, memories. Natural relaxants, like chamomile and lavender, are all-time favorites.
Giving yourself regular breaks from electronics is crucial for peace of mind. Turn off your devices, especially a few hours before going to sleep. Staring at a screen that is on can block the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycles in the body. And definitely no electronics in the bedroom!
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Say No to stress, confusion, negativity, lack, and say Yes to balance, clarity, wellbeing, prosperity.
Feng Shui is the art and science that can help you create a sanctuary, where you can rest and recharge, that will support the authentic you, and will align you with universal forces for harmony, health, abundance.
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Julianna Kocsis is a Feng Shui Specialist, Organizational Expert, Intuitive Vibrational Catalyst, Textile Design Archivist. She is also the founder of Talila Consulting. Bringing Order and Harmony to your Home, Work and Life.