Trouble Sleeping? How To Sleep Better Using Feng Shui

Do you have trouble sleeping?

Nearly all of us have had difficulty sleeping at one time or another. And this can be very frustrating.

The worst part is when you’re really tired, feeling emotionally and physically drained and knowing that a good night’s sleep would truly help. 

So what is a bad night’s sleep?

A bad night’s sleep can be categorized into three different areas:
1.    Taking too long to fall asleep
2.    Waking up too often throughout the night
3.    Waking up too early and not being able to fall back to sleep

The worst part about all of this may be the challenge you have with your monkey mind. That constant dialogue that your mind has, racing at top speed, focused on replaying certain moments in your life or reminding you about everything that you should take care of, complete, follow-up on or worry about.

This can be incredibly taxing both physically and mentally.

The good news is that I’ve realized a few simple things you can do to help you get a good night’s sleep. This incorporates using Feng Shui, from the mundane to the scientific.

Click play on the video below to learn how to improve your night’s sleep.

Now, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Have you ever had difficulty sleeping? What did you do that helped?

If you haven’t dealt with trouble sleeping yet, let me know the specific insight you learned from this and how you’ll implement it moving forward.

Remember to be as specific as you can. Your wisdom and experience can make a huge difference for others.

Thank you, as always for reading and watching!
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Feng Shui Career: Is Your Commute Harming Your Health?

The results of the American Time Use Survey, which looked at the lifestyles of 24,861 people, shows that an hour-long commute every day might actually take years of your life.

Brown University researchers, in the Journal of Urban Health, wrote, "Spending an additional 60 min daily commuting above average is associated with a 6 percent decrease in aggregate health-related activities and spending an additional 120 min is associated with a 12 percent decrease.”

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Do's and Don'ts of Being Happier

If you're reading this blog, I'm going to take the guess that you're looking for tips because there's some part of your life (or maybe many parts!) that you're not happy with. Here are some “do's and don'ts” to be happier, right now.

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Never Get Sick Again: 5 Tips to Fight Colds with Feng Shui

It's that time of year, when colds and the flu make their rounds and keep us all from being our best. This year's odd temperatures (30 one day, 60 the next?!) have made it hard for everyone to stay germ-free. But these tips will help you all year round.

1. Eat right. - Load up on fruits and vegetables, especially immune-system boosters like citrus fruits, carrots, and spinach, as well as beans, garlic, and foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. If you've already got a cold, try “hot” foods like radishes and cayenne pepper to clear nasal passages and speed recovery by helping you feel better.

2. Wash your hands. - Bust germs by washing your hands frequently with regular soap and drying them thoroughly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth whenever possible, so germs you do come into contact with won't reach the places where they can make you sick. If you work in an office, don't share phones with co-workers.

3. Relax and meditate. - When we're stressed, are bodies get worn down and more susceptible to colds and viruses. Practice meditation for at least 10 minutes a day and do whatever works for you to relax.

4. Boost your immunity with a lunch-time walk. - When it's 50 degrees out, there's no reason not to step outside for fresh air. But even when it gets colder, it's smart to bundle up and go for a stroll. You'll escape all the inside germs and poor air quality, and the exercise will actually help to boost your immunity. Oh, and it's a great way to relieve stress... Taking time to play outside is a win-win-win.

5. Get enough sleep. - Boost your immunity with a full night of rest -- you and your body should no how much you need. Waking up tired? Follow these tips to Feng Shui your bed for a better night's sleep.
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Keep Your Family Safe: Get Rid of these Hidden Killers in Your Kitchen

There are a lot of Feng Shui myths about what can cause misfortune in your kitchen. Don't display knives? That's a myth. But don't cook with your back to the door -- and if you have to, place a mirror over the stove.

Many real dangers in your kitchen have nothing to do with Feng Shui. Let's identify some dangers in your kitchen, and some things you may have thought were dangerous but are actually okay (under certain circumstances.)

Danger! Danger!

1. Dirty sponges - Just one look and you might draw the conclusion that a used kitchen sponge is harboring all sorts of bacteria -- and you'd be right. But there's an easy fix. Microwave your sponge for two minutes after use, and you'll get rid of most of those germs.

Since microwaves aren't good Feng Shui, though, you may have already tossed yours. If so, sanitize the sponge in boiling water mixed with a splash of vinegar for three minutes.

2. Store-bought cleansers (possibly even ones marketed as “green” kitchen cleaners!) cause a number of diseases, ailments and discomfort. Everything from cancer to migraines and allergies may be caused by the chemicals in many store-bought cleaners. And, because companies don't list ingredients on most products, you have no idea what you're really putting on surfaces.

“Green” products don't have to follow any regulations to label themselves as such -- and they can be pricey. Your best bet is to clean with all natural ingredients you find in your home. Cleaning experts say you can clean practically anything with three ingredients in different combinations: vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice.

3. Raw meat - With all the food sitting in there, including older leftovers, your refrigerator may also be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Clean your fridge from top to bottom (using hot water or, for real messes, a solution of baking soda and water) every two weeks. But in the interim, minimize dangerous bacteria like salmonella by keeping raw meat separate from the rest of your foods -- and especially from fruits and vegetables that you won't cook before eating.

4. Tap water - Is the water in your home really safe? There have been no new standards set for contaminants in drinking water since 2001. Drinking water can contain chemicals such as chloroform and cyanide, in trace amounts, and still be considered safe to drink.

To be really safe, check with the Environmental Working Group to see what contaminants are in your home's drinking water, and then get a water filter specifically designed to filter out the most dangerous chemicals. You might also want to consider filtering out fluoride and heavy metals.

5. Microwave oven - I've pointed out that, because of the energy it emits, a microwave is considered bad Feng Shui. Evidence shows that older microwaves that are beginning to lose their seals may leak radiation. Just to be safe, don't stand directly in front of the microwave while you're waiting for your lunch to heat up.
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Gratitude: The Key to Everything

Studies show that expressing gratitude is one of the most effective ways to increase your happiness. It's also a great way to make sure you're living in the moment and attracting abundance in every area of life.

When we express gratitude for everything we have -- and everything we want -- we send out powerful energy to the Universe and, the universe, acting in alignment with that energy, sends us even more to be grateful for.

But gratitude is not about “What's in it for me?” It's about showing appreciation for others. And one suggestion I have to do this is with a gratitude letter.

First, let's be clear: a gratitude letter is not a thank you note. Thank you notes are perfunctory, often forced and, frequently today, do not include any personalized message at all. Thank you notes are important to send, because even a small expression of gratitude is important and will make both the sender and the recipient feel good.

But a gratitude letter goes much further.

1. A gratitude letter should be sent for no special occasion at all. It should be a “just because” action.

2. A gratitude letter is always extremely personalized -- and personal. Outline all the reasons you are grateful for a specific person, what they contribute to your life, and what they mean to you.

3. A gratitude letter does not have to be sent or mailed to be effective (although it's awfully nice if you do send it.) If you believe the person you want to present with a letter of gratitude would be embarrassed by the gesture, or perhaps it's a superior at work and you're not sure how they would interpret it, simply writing the gratitude letter will provide you with the same emotional rewards. The person you write a letter of gratitude to may not even be living anymore -- what a great way to pay respects to someone that has passed on!

Who are the people you would like to write gratitude letters to? Why not do it right now?
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Feng Shui Health: Stay Healthy by Avoiding Piercing Heart Sha Chi

I recently spoke about three different types of chi to avoid when you're shopping for a city apartment. There's a fourth form of negative chi, which is possible but not easy to remedy.

What is Piercing Heart Sha Chi?  

I often talk about avoiding homes or apartments where any object blocks the front door. When this object is tall and narrow, like a lamppost, electrical pole, pillar or pylon, this is called Piercing Heart Sha Chi. Other examples of Piercing Heart Sha include:

- the sharp corner of another building pointing at the main entrance
- the sharp roofline of another low-rise or ground level apartment building pointing at the main entrance

Internal Piercing Heart Sha

Piercing Heart Sha can also exist within the building because of pillars or corners pointing at the main entrance. This is called internal piercing heart sha.

What's So Bad About Piercing Heart Sha?

Piercing heart sha can cause physical and health problems in an apartment's inhabitants. Depending on where the piercing heart sha is located, it can cause headaches, heart problems or digestive problems. Additionally, piercing heart sha can have negative effects on the apartment, including maintenance problems, structural issues, leaks, or robberies and break-ins.

Feng Shui Remedy for Piercing Heart Sha

Some piercing heart sha can be deflected with a mirror, but it's best to avoid buying an apartment with any of these forms of negative energy.  
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Feng Shui Lighting: Feel Better In Rooms Full of Light

The ancient Roman physician Aulus Cornelius Celsus once said, “Live in rooms full of light.” Celsus was a doctor and author who promoted diet, exercise, massage and natural healing.

The importance of living in rooms full of light is a philosophy shared by the ancient Chinese who employed Feng Shui for good fortune -- and it works just as well today. How can you live in rooms full of light, both physically and metaphorically?

1. Choose light, bright colors for the walls in your home, and especially the entryway. A well-lit entryway painted in tones of eggshell white, beige or pastels will help welcome opportunity into your home and your life.

2. Take advantage of natural light. Open blinds on south-facing windows in the morning to welcome natural sunlight. You'll feel more awake and ready to face any challenges of the day.

3. Energize specific trigrams of the bagua, as well as stairways and your entrance, with LED lighting. Recessed LED lighting gives a bright glow that costs less in electricity than incandescent bulbs. Living with regard for the environment has always been good Feng Shui.

4. Consider setting up lights on motion sensors in your entry so they will turn on when you arrive home in the evening. You'll immediately feel welcome into your home -- and so will guests -- which creates positive chi in your environment.

5. Live “in the moment.” Living in “rooms full of light” doesn't just mean creating bright surroundings in your home. Live each day with an open mind so you'll see new opportunities and be ready to take advantage of all the ways you can improve your life.
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Pet Feng Shui: How Pets Add Joy to Small Spaces

Do you feel cramped in your New York apartment? Stifled? When you look around your apartment and pinpoint the feeling it gives you, do you sense stagnant chi all around? Although it may seem counter-intuitive to share your small space with another being, adding a pet may actually help. Pets help circulate stagnant chi and can fill even the smallest space with positive energy.

All living things -- plants, animals, and people, too -- have a life force. Having pets increases the chi that flows and moves around you as they freely move about your living space.

Our pets enhance our lives as companions, friends and family members. Studies have even proven that having a pet can reduce stress and high-blood pressure. A pet can be an undemanding, positive and calming presence in your home. Most are naturally upbeat and have good energy.

Dogs That Enjoy Smaller Spaces

If you live in a small city apartment, you may think that a pet, especially a dog, needs more space. Often people assume that they can only have a bird or cat in an apartment. There are actually dog breeds that do very well in smaller spaces and they aren’t all tiny “pocket pets” like Chihuahuas. Here are some breeds that are suitable for apartments:
- Bichon Frise
- Basset Hound
- Bulldog
- Italian Greyhound
- Scottish Terrier

Just about any larger breed can live in an apartment, too, with enough outside exercise and stimulation. Just be sure to research first to pick the best breed for your lifestyle.

Adequate Exercise Enhances Both Your Lives

Don’t think that because a dog is happy with the space in your apartment that he’s fine - all dogs require exercise. Walking your dog at least once a day is good for both of you. It gets you moving and out to enjoy nature and fresh air.

In my Feng Shui consultations, I often recommend introducing life chi, whether it's in the form of animals, plants, trees or flowers, to a space. Adding life chi is just one of the nine secret Feng Shui remedies I share in my eBook. If you're facing a situation you want to change, or feel as if your home or apartment has stagnant chi, I know one of the time-tested, proven remedies I share in my book can help.

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Feng Shui Your Life: How To Increase Your Life's Bank Account

In my previous post, I talked about easy ways to increase your income. But when we think in terms of our “bank account” being more than just money, we find many other ways we can increase the wealth in our life. Here are a few suggestions:

- A New Potential Friend: Have you ever met someone and clicked with them on every level? They made you laugh and just enjoy being around them. This is probably a potential new good friend. Friends add intrinsic value to our lives.

- Volunteer Your Time: Volunteering your time to help with a cause about which you are passionate will enrich your life. The rewards received from giving with no expectation of returns are invaluable.

- Start exercising: Good health and boundless energy give us the ability to pursue our other goals -- monetary and otherwise. While it's true that a higher income can buy better health care, you really can't put a price on good health. Just 20 minutes of exercise three times a week can make a huge difference.
Start today thinking of other ways to add to your life’s bank account -- and then put them into practice right away. Please share your thoughts below, and let us know how taking one small step to increase your life's bank account made a positive difference.

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