If you work, chances are you spend a lot of time in your work environment. The energy of that environment influences your energy, your moods, and your health when you’re there. Today, more and more people are working from home. As a result, it’s more important than ever that you pay attention to the energy of your environment if you’d like to optimize your performance and results.
The following tips can help each day to flow more smoothly:
- Do what you love.
- Create safety and comfort.
- Express yourself creatively. Use color.
- Organize. Give everything a home.
- Sit/Work from a command position.
- Have a comfortable, supportive chair.
- Leverage natural light and nature.
- Reduce clutter, including electronic.
- Apply the feng shui bagua map.
Let’s explore each one with a bit more detail.
Do What You Love.
When you enjoy your work or vocation, there are numerous benefits! You find meaning and purpose in daily life, and you’re inspired to do well. Your energy is lighter and uplifting, and you also motivate others around you. You’re happier and you’re also likely to be healthier. When your work feels like a burden, the opposite is true. If you’re in this this situation, I recommend that you reframe your perspective so that you move forward in a positive direction. One way to do this is to consider the options you’re creating for yourself … particularly the option to spend your time doing activities that bring meaning and purpose to your life.
Create Safety and Comfort.
A safe and comfortable environment helps your nervous system to be more relaxed and it lowers your stress level. A safe and comfortable environment is one that’s easy to navigate and is relatively clutter free. It is also one that is well maintained. The plumbing and electric work well. Doors and windows open fully and easily. Furniture with curves rather than sharp edges enables you to navigate the space without bumps and bruises.
Express Yourself Creatively. Use Color.
Personalize your space through art, color, photos, affirmations, etc. You can do this more easily in some places than others. Your space reflects your energy. How do you want to feel when you’re in this environments each day? What are some ways you can bring those feelings into your location? If you’re in a shared space, look for opportunities to personalize what you can.
Organize. Give everything a home.
Organization brings order. Putting things away helps to create a calmer and more serene environment. It also decreases stress. A closet or cabinet dedicated to business items is ideal. Desks with drawers also provide opportunities to organize and store work items. If you are working from home, you might convert a closet from home storage to business storage.
Sit/Work from a command position.
A command position is one where you can:
- See the door without sitting directly in front of the door.
- You have solid support behind you, such as one or two walls (if you sit on a diagonal).
- You have the larger part of the room in front of you.
Sitting or working from a command position also helps you to settle your energy, so that your work flows more easily. You can look up and see others approaching without straining your neck, back or shoulders. Open space in front is like a gathering spot for opportunity, creativity, and new ideas. Solid support behind you also provides an energetic boost. If you can sit in a command position and also sit in one of your four best directions, you get an added boost of a positive energy. Explore the web or contact Peg to discover your best directions.
Have a comfortable, supportive chair.
A supportive chair is one with a high back and arm rests. Comfort is also very important. You spend a lot of time working. Treat yourself well and give yourself the added benefit of the best chair you can find and afford. You deserve it. Your spirit, the quality of your work, and your health will benefit.
Leverage natural light and nature.
Feng shui is about living in harmony with nature. Spending time outdoors is ideal. When you’re inside, access to natural light and a view of the natural environment helps to bridge the gap. It helps to calm your nervous system, elevate your mood, and provide inspiration. If you don’t have access to nature, you can bring it into your space via a peel and stick wall mural. There are many options on the web. You can add a view of a beautiful environment on any budget.
Reduce clutter, including electronic.
Clutter is anything that you don’t use or love. Continued diligence is required to manage clutter in today’s homes and workplaces. Eliminating paper piles in your office will serve you well. In addition to typical clutter, remember to reduce electronic clutter as well: emails, text messages, files you’re storing, voicemails, etc. Since these aren’t as visible, they use digital space and pile up too. Be vigilant. Reduce and eliminate clutter regularly.
Apply the feng shui bagua map.
The bagua map is a symbolic map of life issues that you overlay on your home, workspace, land, wherever you are. Similar to a tic tac toe board, there are nine blocks. They represent eight life themes that revolve around the center. All life issues fit into the bagua. You might find Peg's Business Bagua helpful. When you’re dealing with a particular area of concern, look for obstacles, blockages, or maintenance issues in the related are of your space. Sometimes the obstacles are very subtle or hidden. They can appear symbolically as well. This is one reason why someone independent, such as a feng shui practitioner, can readily identify the problem. As you spend more time in any particular space, it’s easy to overlook the patterns.
If you’d like to know more about how feng shui can help you shift the energy of your home or workspace, contact Peg.