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Top 5 Ways To Bring Feng Shui Into Your Spring Cleaning

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Taking care of the space we occupy the most, our homes, is vital to our well-being, and spring is the absolute best season to tackle this cleansing, as it marks a natural time for renewal, manifestation, celebration, and love. Feng shui is perfect for this because it harmonizes your energy with that of your home, aligning your environment with who you are and where you want to go.

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It also completely reframes the traditional idea of ‘spring cleaning’; when you have the mindset that this is more about creating wealth, bringing balance, and opening yourself up to romantic opportunities, the feeling that this is a huge hurdle to overcome simply disappears.

Below are some tips to help revitalize your space and, in turn, your mind. So allow yourself to be open to getting rid of everything that does not serve you anymore.

1. Kitchen – Wealth & Health

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Your kitchen should be a place that celebrates the earth’s abundance and provides life-sustaining energy. It should be a place you want to be in, radiating warmth and vibrancy, because that energy will infuse the food you prepare. The ideal kitchen is clean, light, and airy and has bright, cheerful colours that convey a sense of health, happiness, and vitality. The design should be functional and flowing to enable easy cooking with a lot of storage. Your kitchen’s presentation reflects the state of your health, so do yourself a favour and clean it thoroughly!

  • Keep all of the surfaces in your kitchen clean and free from clutter. Get rid of all items that are blocking the energy flow in your kitchen.
  • Clean out your refrigerator, cupboards, and freezer of food that are past their freshness. Donate any food that you have not used in six months or longer to a charity.
  • Purge your kitchen of junk food and harsh chemical cleaners. Instead, opt for more safe and natural cleaning solutions.
  • Take everything out of your cabinets to really survey what you have and get rid of stuff you don’t use.
  • Clean your stove, inside and outside of your fridge, pots and pans, cabinets, counters, and even light fixtures.
  • Bring in whole foods, live plants, and potted herbs.

Clearing away all this clutter and dirt and creating a fresh pathway for a strong and vibrant Chi energy to flow will nourish your energy and make your kitchen feel more alive, which will in turn will make you feel healthier.

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2. Bedroom – Calm & Sensual Energy

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Your bedroom should promote a harmonious flow of nourishing and sensual energy. The bedroom is a private space but it should be fun and pleasurable to be in. You should be able to relax in it for a quick nap, enjoy a good night’s sleep, or make passionate love with equal ease. The decor should be balanced to promote the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as sexual healing. Relationships are a strong theme here so allow for that fruitful Chi energy to flow to attract a new partner, or to enhance the state of your current relationship.

  • Clear out any items under your bed, as this clutter sends out energy all night long, which doesn’t make for a peaceful sleep. Any items you use regularly should be relocated; the rest should be donated or discarded.
  • Clean out the clutter in your closet to rid it of stagnant Chi energy. Get rid of any clothes you don’t wear or items that you haven’t used in 6 months to make room for a new you. This will create a better flow and more space.
  • Remove any electrical devices like a TV or computer; these destroy any good feng shui energy. Aside from their harmful affects to our health, they bring the energy of work and stress into your place of rest, and are a big distraction for a good relationship with yourself or a loved one.
  • The best colours for your bedroom are considered “skin-colours,” which can vary from a pale white to a rich chocolate brown. Choose whichever colour speaks most to you. Warm, sensual colours on your bed can promote both rest and a healthy sex life.
  • The art in your bedroom should be of images that you want to see reflected in your life and which promote positive and beautiful energy. The best images for the bedroom relate to love, happy relationships, body healing, intimacy, etc. So avoid any sad or ‘lonely’ images.
  • Your bed should be easily approachable from both sides and have two bedside tables to reflect equality and balance; avoid having the bed directly in line with the door, though you should be able to see the door from your bed.

If you desire a new love relationship in your life you must make actual physical space for this new person to be in your home. Your home is a reflection of your life so you literally have to create an open flow of energy in your home to be able to attract and manifest more of what you are looking for.

3. Bathroom – Self Care & Purification

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A bathroom should be clean, minimal, relaxing, and all about purification. Bathrooms represent self-care and are a symbol of vitality so when yours is fresh and clean, you’ll find more time for the people and things that give you joy. A heavy theme with feng shui in the home is letting go of everything that no longer serves you, so carry that same principle into the bathroom.

  • Remove any unneeded objects, like half-empty bottles, or hide them away in a shower caddy or other device to remove any clutter around the tub or shower.
  • Add purifying plants like succulents, because they hardly need any water and work hard to clean the air. Live plants purify the air and bring vitality and freshness, while images of nature suggest rejuvenation.
  • Remove any photographs of yourself, friends, or family members from your bathroom. Use appropriate images as a metaphor for purification and renewal — like trees, flowers, meadows, the sea, and rivers. Having images relating to your career, personal projects, or passions in the bathroom is bad feng shui because it invokes the idea of ‘flushing them down the drain.’
  • Beautiful and healthy colours like greens and blues are particularly beneficial bathroom colours since blue represents water, which cleanses and purifies, while green represents life, new growth, and beginnings. White is also a wonderful symbol of purity and cleanliness,
  • Clean it with orange-infused vinegar and use a tea tree oil candle because it purifies and detoxifies the air. The orange-infused vinegar is non-toxic and can remove anything that can create stagnant energy — like grimy counters and moldy showers.
  • Keep your bathroom well ventilated to allow air and energy to flow; it should also be well lit.

If you really want to revamp the space, splurge on new towels, bath mats, and shower curtains.

4. Plants – Fresh Energy & New Beginnings

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Because plants are alive they bring a beautiful “buzz” into your home. Be aware of the quality of the indoor air and do your best to improve it. By bringing three new pots with vibrant green plants into your home, you can refresh the energy of your space and create the energy for new beginnings. Plants also remind you to bring attention back to your space and surroundings because you have to physically care for a living thing.

If you do not have a green thumb, you can opt for a Rubber Plant or two, which need very little attention and scrub the air free of chemicals and toxins. Bamboo is also low maintenance and beautiful. Place it by your door in a vase to welcome good energy, and if you are looking to attract a partner, use two pieces of bamboo.

Below are plants that are great for purifying the air:

  • Areca Palm
  • Lady Palm bamboo palm
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  • English Ivy
  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Ficus Alii
  • Boston Fern
  • Peace Lily

Your front entrance is strongly connected to your health as well as your kitchen. If you plan to place plants in the kitchen, go for lush and aromatic herbs, such as basil, rosemary, or mint. By bringing more plants into your space and placing them in interesting ways, you can create a fun and lively experience.

5. Sage – Ending An Old Cycle

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Burning sage announces that an old cycle is ending and a new one is about to begin, based on feng shui principles. By burning sage you neutralize any negative energy remaining, which is a perfect way to cap off your spring cleaning; it also smells really good.

Burn one end of a sage bundle (pictures above) and hold the other end. You can use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke in a figure 8 pattern, being sure to move it into all corners of your home to cleanse the negative spaces of stagnant energy. Hold a ceramic dish underneath to catch any falling ash. If you feel you have covered every inch of your home and the sage is still burning, just let it sit in the ceramic dish until it burns out.

Finally, once you’ve completed the smudging, open up your windows AND doors.

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This helps the bad, stuck energy flow out of your living space and allows fresh air to enter. An open window and door create a pathway for the good stuff to come in and the bad stuff to exit for good!

 

Surround yourself and your space with beauty and items with meaning; really break it down to things you truly love. Everything has energy, even inanimate objects, so be careful about what you consider bringing into your home. A fun tip is to bring a favourite item of yours into a prominent spot in the room so that when you walk in it will be the first thing you see; this will bring you joy, and in turn bring joy into the space.

How you arrange your room and maintain your space allows you to decide how you want to guide that energy to flow freely through your home. Let this spring cleaning session clarify and purify you so that it can renew your home and your body. A feng shui cleaning can do wonders for your personal energy. Allow yourself to step into a new way of being, and fill it with a happy and healthy energy of excitement.

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My Month Wearing Blue Light Blocking Glasses & Why I Believe You Should Consider Them

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    While the research behind blue light's potential negative impact on us is considered limited by many in the scientific community, the major area it is believed to impact is our sleep -and there are several studies to support it.

  • Reflect On:

    How much time do you spend daily engaging with blue light emitting technology like phones, laptops, etc? Could you benefit from investing in something that could help to mitigate its potential negative long-term impact on you?

As my life currently stands, the nature of my work as a social media consultant requires me to spend between 8-14 hours per day staring at an electronic device. Whether I’m creating ad units, engaging with audiences or scheduling out content, pretty well everything I do to provide for myself involves me and a screen.

While I’d love to think that I’m an anomaly when it comes to my relationship with technology, that is certainly not the case, as a recent MIT Technology article revealed, the average American spends 24 hours per week online. To some, the idea of spending just 1 out of 7 days in a week online doesn’t seem that daunting, but the number soars substantially higher when you factor in time spent in front of technology in general -including non-online work, television, etc.

Knowing that my work requirements were not on the cusp of changing in the very near future, I decided to do something about it. I chose to invest $20 of my hard earned money on a pair of blue light blocking glasses, designed to cut out approximately 90% of the blue light hitting my eyes.

While the research behind blue light’s potential negative impact on us is considered limited and arguable by many in the scientific community, the major area it is believed to impact is our sleep.

There are a handful of studies that have been conducted, with one of the most widely recognized being a study conducted on 20 adults where it was concluded that those given blue light blocking eyewear experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality. As someone who cherishes my sleep and knows how poorly I can function without a proper night’s rest, this was enough to spark my curiosity.

So I decided to purchase these glasses off of Amazon, and have been wearing them every day that I’ve been home (which has been approximately 90% of the time) from 8PM onwards for the past month.

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Here are my 5 key takeaways from my experience in both written and video form:

1. They Have Improved How Quickly I’ve Been Able To Fall Asleep At Night

As someone, who like so many others, has been blessed with a mind that loves to become most active with random thoughts, ideas and concerns just as I’m trying to fall asleep, the biggest area of improvement for me was in how much quicker I was able to fall asleep at night.

Of course, there is the potential for other factors (including the placebo effect) to play a role in this experience, but I can confidently say that for the most part there were no other significant changes in my life. My days were just as long as they were before, and I regularly felt the same level of fatigue I  felt prior to beginning this experiment that my mind would previously plow through in its efforts to keep me up.

This factor alone was more than enough to extend my interest in making blue light blocking glasses a regular part of my life.

2. They Are An Inexpensive Way To Be Proactive About Our Health

We live in a world where we as a collective largely choose to be reactive rather than proactive about our health. Rather than eating healthy, staying active and providing our body with the rest it regularly needs to rejuvenate itself, we opt to wait until we’re hit in the face with an issue or health condition before we do anything about it.

Even though we don’t fully know the extent to how damaging substantial blue light exposure is to our health (especially not in the long-term), we do know that the potential exists. So rather than waiting for the jury to deliver its verdict, why not choose to be proactive about guarding yourself against it, mitigating the chances that if it does prove to be detrimental, that you are part of the group that helped them determine that?

3. They Made Me More Consciously Aware Of My Technology Addiction

For most of us, myself included, technology has become so engrained within our lives that we don’t even process how much time we spend interacting with it. Whether it be due to the nature of our work, or our sheer addiction to Facebook, Instagram or texting with our friends, there are probably few things in your life that you are more attached to than your phone and computer.

One unexpected factor that integrating blue light blocking glasses provided me with is that they made me more aware of my technology addiction by adding in that extra step. Since wearing them was a new experience for me, it heightened my conscious presence with everything that I did while wearing them. It was through this that I realized just how scary my addiction can be at times and just how critical it is that I am doing something about it.

4. We’re Exposed To A Lot More Blue Light Than We Likely Think

While blue light is naturally emitted from sources such as the sun, it is also emitted from a lot more than you likely think. The biggest surprise to most is that in addition to coming off your phones, televisions and computers, blue light is also emitted from what is rapidly becoming the most common form of artificial light: LEDs.

So whether your house and workspace are fully retrofitted or just partly retrofitted with LED lighting, why not take a step to protect yourself against what is only going to become more and more prevalent due to its energy efficiency?

5. They Are A Positive Step On A Much Bigger Issue

I’ve already alluded to it throughout this article, but the biggest takeaway from my blue light blocking experience is that they are a positive step on something we all need to acknowledge and correct: our technology addiction. There are a million reasons (and growing) for us all to love our smartphones as much as we do, but we also know that our addiction to them is not sustainable.

I’m a firm believer that we are all being sold on the illusion of greater connection through technology, while in reality we are more disconnected from one another than ever before. So if it takes some blue light blocking glasses to start the conversation on how serious our screen addiction may be, I’m all for it!


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1 % of the World’s Population Doesn’t Sleep Like Everybody Else – Are We Doing It Wrong?

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  • The Facts:

    Professor Ying-Hui Fu of the University of California is the name behind the ongoing research on short sleepers. His work shows that there are natural born 'short sleepers' who function off of a few hours of sleep each day, as a result of genetics.

  • Reflect On:

    Are we sleeping correctly? We don’t all require the same amount of sleep. But the thing is, each one of needs to find their specific rhythm, and we’re much too constricted by society telling us. Consciousness plays a huge role, our own beliefs.

You’ve surely heard somewhere by now that Tesla slept only two hours each night, and Margaret Thatcher slept only four. And they’ve lived well into old age, and never seemed to have been stopped by daytime fatigue!

We marvel so often at famous geniuses, successful entrepreneurs, political leaders and others who’re known to thrive on less than 5 hours of sleep each night. We love to talk about it – doesn’t this make it obvious that we don’t, after all, need 7-10 hours of sleep per night? Did they have specific methods? Is there a direct correlation between their ingenuity and unusual habits?

But let’s leave the notion of history’s giants and their influence for a while – their prominence inevitably steers the discussion about sleep in another direction. The thing is, they don’t all actually fall into the same category regarding sleeping habits. While some relied on alternative sleep cycles or maybe forced themselves to adopt a certain sleeping schedule, others were, in fact, natural-born short-sleepers. There are people – regular, non-famous people just like me and you – who fall into this category as well.

The world of natural-born short sleepers

You’ve surely encountered plenty of people who get by with six or less hours of sleep each night. But while the majority of adults who sleep little actually have a sleeping disorder or are restricted by busy schedules, natural-born short sleepers are completely different.

They simply don’t have the need to sleep more than a few hours. They wake up refreshed and well-rested and they don’t experience daytime fatigue, whereas the majority of us would definitely feel shattered. They keep their sleeping schedule consistent even on weekends, rarely ever sleeping in – and none of it feels remotely like a burden to them. They’re simply guided by their biological clock.  

It’s fascinating to even imagine that someone can get by their entire life with approximately four hours of sleep each night, at their own will, and actually thrive and be entirely healthy. But there are people like that, and although this topic has gained interest in the scientific community fairly recently, it’s estimated that about 1% of the worldwide population are natural short-sleepers.

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Just how is this possible, you may ask?

What the research says

Professor Ying-Hui Fu of the University of California in San Francisco is the prominent name behind the ongoing research on short sleepers. She started examining the phenomenon back in 1996, when a woman reported to her that her entire family got by on only a few hours of sleep. Having seen that none of them suffered from insomnia or any other sleeping disorder, but on the contrary, woke up energetic at dawn and stayed that way throughout the day, Fu delved into the family’s genetics and expanded her research.

The result: Fu and her team of researchers discovered a mutation in the gene DEC2 among all the subjects who were short-sleepers, but the mutation wasn’t present among their family members who slept longer or among other unrelated participants.

Although more research needs to be conducted, it seems that we have an invaluable clue: being a short-sleeper is the result of a gene mutation. Essentially, our genes largely dictate how much sleep we need, and we don’t all require the same amount of sleep. But the thing is, each one of needs to find their specific rhythm, and we’re much too constricted by society’s views of what presents a “normal sleeping pattern”.

Do you wish you’d sleep less too?

Let’s not kid ourselves – you probably do. Even if you didn’t wish you’d get more done each day, spending more time awake would mean you could take things slowly. The problem is – we wish we’d be short-sleepers too, so we try and sleep less. But it doesn’t work; we’re fatigued and miserable, waiting for vacation so that we can cram in some decent sleep.

So instead of forcing ourselves to sleep less, let’s first try and find out how much sleep feels good to us. This is actually not that easy to determine, and not just because we don’t have the luxury to sleep in most of the time. It’s because the number of hours we sleep each night is affected by the quality of sleep.

With noise and light pollution being the major issues, the quality of our sleep is largely trumped, so we actually require more sleep than usual in order to get proper rest. If you want to determine how much sleep you actually need, focus on sleep hygiene first: wear a sleeping mask to align your circadian rhythm, ensure your bedroom is entirely quiet or wear earplugs, avoid electronics two hours before bedtime, calm your thoughts down, and so on.

It takes time and conscious practice, undoubtedly, but the truth is that we all need to pay much more attention to our sleep. And for the most part, we need to start ignoring all the jabber about when we’re supposed to go to bed and how much sleep we need. We’re not all the same and our collective knowledge about sleep is very poor actually. So if you’re eager for some experimentation, you can even try a different sleep cycle to sleep less and see the results for yourself (just do it responsibly, of course).

Lastly, let’s not forget that there are long-sleepers too – people who need more than 10 hours of sleep each night to function their best. Who knows, you might even fall into this category. It’s kind of a bummer because your days are literally shorter if you end up sleeping as much as you should. But let’s not look at it that way. We need to embrace our sleeping patterns, whichever they are, just as long as we’re positive that they’re the most natural and healthy to us. Forget the sleep recipes of various productivity gurus – find your rhythm and structure your day around it to maximize your time on Earth.

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Tips On Overcoming Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep in the Third Trimester is a Challenge

As the body changes, a pregnant woman may suddenly find a handful of reasons she can’t get to sleep at night. Try these tips for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

A common complaint among pregnant women, particularly those in their third trimester, is the inability to fall (and stay) asleep at night. Many factors are often to blame, making it difficult to know exactly how to address the issue. From growing size to frequent urination, there seems to be no break for a rest. But some very basic techniques can help pregnant women get the sleep they need.

Why Can’t I Sleep?

As the body changes throughout the first and second trimesters, some women may notice changes in their sleeping pattern. Most, however, aren’t too affected until they reach month seven or so. As the body rapidly adapts to the growing baby, some issues may arise:

Frequent urination can be a huge annoyance. As the kidneys do double-duty to filter the increased blood volume (about 40% more than normal), the body produces more urine. At the same time, the baby’s growth has increased pressure on the bladder, making the time between bathroom trips very short. Babies active at night may also increase the number of trips for some mothers.

A rapid heartbeat is needed to pump that extra blood throughout the body, but some women find it difficult to relax in these circumstances.

Shortness of breath, due to pressure on the lungs and the release of certain hormones, can make it a challenge to fall asleep at night. As the fetus grows, the diaphragm will compress more and more, increasing the pressure on the lungs.

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Aches and pains are quite common, since a pregnant woman’s center of balance shifts and places extra pressure on new areas. Leg cramps and lower back pain are a typical night-time complaint since the hormone relaxin is working to stretch out and loosen the ligaments to prepare for delivery. Injuries and strains become more likely later in pregnancy.

Digestive problems, like heartburn and constipation, abound as the process of digestion slows down. Food backs up in the digestive tract, taking longer to break down, and the result is mom’s discomfort.

Get Comfortable

Doctors recommend that pregnant women lay on their side at night to allow proper blood flow throughout the body. For stomach- and back-sleepers this might be difficult, but it’s important. Choosing a comfortable mattress and pillows is a must as they will help make a pregnant woman more comfortable at night. Use pillows under the belly, behind the back, and between the legs. Try experimenting with different pillows (body pillows, wedges, etc.) and different positions.

Get Prepared

When it’s almost time to get to sleep, start preparing the body for bedtime. Take a relaxing bath, have a glass of warm mylk, or a night-time massage. Putting the mind at ease can help make the transition to sleep easier. For some, foods high in carbohydrates, like a snack of bread or crackers, will help with sleep troubles. And to limit bathroom trips, be sure to avoid drinking fluids too close to bedtime!

Get Healthy

The right nutrition and exercise can go a long way, especially during pregnancy. Certain things should be avoided and added to optimize sleep:

Adding calcium to the diet will help to curb those painful leg cramps.

Protein-rich diets can ward off those unpleasant pregnancy nightmares.

Skipping caffeine, or limiting it as much as possible, can have a dramatic effect. Many pregnant women’s bodies cannot break down caffeine, so it remains in the system much longer than usual.

Avoid foods that trigger heartburn.

Get enough fibre to reduce constipation.

Try yoga for relaxation, walks to keep joints limber and moderate activity to help promote sleep. Adding exercise every day might be the key to getting to bed at night.

Paying attention to the body, staying relaxed, and getting the right nutrition is essential to quieting the mind and getting a good night’s sleep during pregnancy. Follow these tips and try to stay positive; only a few more months (or weeks) to go!

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