Rearrange Your Furniture & Reduce Stress
Dear Fellow Furniture and Design Lovers
In the surreal and slightly crazy world we find ourselves in today, with so many people working from home, and many suddenly not working at all, it is perhaps more important than ever to ensure we look after ourselves.
Not only focusing on our Wellness but more broadly on our overall Wellbeing.
Whilst wellness certainly impacts wellbeing, the difference between them is that wellness primarily focuses on physical health, whilst wellbeing refers to a more holistic, whole of life experience, which includes your mental and heart health as well.
So what can you do to reduce stress in these uncertain times?
REARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE
It might sound flippant, but it actually has some logic and science behind it.
Many of you will be seeking comfort right now, and for the majority of us, there is no better place to find it than in your own home.
In times of such unprecedented uncertainty and rapid change, the home is a powerful haven. Rearranging furniture gives one an opportunity to reassess, break old attachments and begin anew. And when you incorporate a good old fashioned spring clean into the mix, you can reconnect with things you love and say goodbye to items that no longer serve a purpose or have any meaning in your life.
It is this change of energy in your home that can release creativity, elevate mood and have very powerful benefits to your health.
Inner and outer harmony happen when pieces are placed in a way that makes sense for you.
There are a few well known and accepted modalities for you to explore on how best to achieve harmony within your home. Some practical, some more spiritual, but each has merit and is worth considering and exploring.
Probably the most well known of these modalities is the principle of Feng Shui. The term "Feng Shui" is often referred to as the art of placement and translates to "Wind and Water". It is an ancient Chinese system for seeking harmony and is cantered around creating an environment that has the best energy flow to support the intended activities for that particular space.
It was developed centuries ago by observing & studying nature. The signs the earth left behind, such as wind-worn trees, sharp protruding rocks or soft meandering streams.
It can help you decide on furniture placement, colour scheme and location of plants and other features.
By creating a more pleasing atmosphere, feng shui has been credited with improving family communication, restoring cooperation and increasing a feeling of abundance.
Supplement your furniture placement with Smudging, a ritual used for centuries by Native Americans to achieve balance both spiritually and physically.
Research shows that the medicinal smoke from a smudge stick can purify the air of 94% of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours.
Apart from spiritual benefits, smudging is known to have a number of health benefits, many of which are backed by scientific studies. For example, sage smoke increases oxygen supply to the brain, which in turn allows tensed muscles to relax. It can also have benefits to those affected by poor air quality, improving the condition of those that suffer from asthma, respiratory issues, and general coughs and colds.
Note: smudging should be avoided in rooms where infants, pregnant women, asthmatic or allergy-prone people are present.