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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3 Easy Ways to Worry Less

Worried? Many people are. In today's society, people worry about the economy, their own financial situation, their health, their children, the state of world affairs, crime in their neighborhood ... even whether their favorite sports team will win or lose.

Whether your worries are big or small, within your control or nothing you can change, these three steps will help calm your fears.

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Living in the Now: Five Feng Shui Tips

One of the key tenets of Feng Shui is adjusting your environment to help you achieve your goals. When we use Feng Shui principles to adjust our home or apartment, it can help us to live in the “now,” to be more present, and to focus on the present time.

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5 Tips To Improve Your Life In An Instant

Do you struggle with breaking bad habits or making improvements in your life? Often, the problem is that we think we have to do it all, right away. We set unrealistic goals, or create a plan that would help us achieve our  goal quickly -- if we could stick to it, which we find that we can't.

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Cheer Up Fast! These 3 Rituals Can Change Your Day

Do you wake up every morning saying, “Today is a beautiful day and I am grateful to be alive?” If you're like many people, your first thought is, “Where's the coffee?” or maybe even some statement of profanity as you slam the snooze button. If that sounds like you, you're ready for a change.

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30 Quotes from Dr. Seuss That Can Change Your Life

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Put an End to Anxiety

“Did I leave the stove on?”

“What if I'm late? I can't be late.”

“I hope the school nurse doesn't call.”

“There have been break-ins in our neighborhood; what if someone comes to my door?”

Does your inner voice provide you with an endless string of things to worry about? Why are you so worried? What if the above does happen?

That's the catch. It's very easy to rationalize worrying because of those rare times that we're right. But what we don't remember is the countless times we worry but everything turns out fine. And how the worrying prevents us from living in the present moment and enjoying life. It can also drive people away, since no one wants to listen to a chronic worrier.

Spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra notes in an article on Oprah's website, “...This obsessive behavior blocks deep insecurity by giving the mind a "solution" that feels convincing even though it is utterly false: the more I worry, the safer we will be.”

What's the solution?

Turning off that constant stream of worry by chastizing yourself won't help. When we tell ourselves things like “It's nothing to worry about,” our mind focuses on “worry,” and we continue with the behavior. It's time to get to the root of the problem, recognizing where anxiety comes from, to finally put an end to it.

Worriers Are Made, Not Born

Often, chronic worriers grow up in unstable homes. They are always waiting for the “next bad thing” to happen, because these are the patterns of their life. Perhaps their parents fight. Maybe they grew up in an abusive home. When things are okay, these children learn to view the quiet times as “the calm before the storm.”

So, when things are going smoothly as adults, they wait for something to go wrong. And they worry.

Quiet your mind by telling yourself you are perfectly capable of handling any situation. Remind yourself that anxiety is an emotion, and we can change our emotions with the decision to do so. Put your trust in yourself, and make a mental list of others you can trust in any situation. The only thing you don't trust is your own inner voice that's telling you to worry.

Worry and anxiety is a clear sign that we are not living in the moment or being our true self. When we find our true life purpose, we are thinking not of the past, or the future. And there's no room for worry in the present. We're in the present moment, we know what's happening... so there's no cause for worry.

If you're interested in learning more about finding your true life purpose and getting more in touch with your true self, keep visiting my blog, read my articles in every issue of OMTimes, and pick up my eBook, Feng Shui Secrets: What Everyone Should Know About How to Be Successful With Feng Shui. I'd love to help you on your journey!
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Money Relationship Makeover: 5 Ways To Improve Your Relationship With Money

How do you handle money? I'm not talking about how you manage your finances, but specifically how you take care of the dollars and change in your possession. The way you treat your cash may very well reflect your feelings toward money.

If you're hurting financially, or if you'd like to become a money magnet and attract more wealth to you, changing the way you handle your money could be a powerful first step toward changing your mindset about money and attracting all the wealth you desire.

Let's look at a few different ways people store, use and think about money, and the stories this behavior tells. Find the statement that best describes you, and read on to see how you can give yourself a money makeover.

Trait #1. “I'm very careless with money. My cash is crumpled up in every pocket or tossed haphazardly in my purse. I often think I may have exact change for a purchase, but I can't find it!”

The Story Your Money Tells: This laissez-faire attitude toward money might mean a number of things. You could be ashamed of wealth and trying to hide your money. Wanting money to buy nice things, take care of your family and provide a sense of financial security is nothing to be ashamed of -- and neither is having cash in your pocket. Money isn't the root of all evil. It's the “pursuit of money” that's considered bad, but the verse is often misquoted. In fact, the pursuit of money isn't evil, either, unless you're forsaking everything else that's important or hurting others in your pursuit.

Treating your money haphazardly might also mean that money really isn't all that important to you. If that's the case, ask yourself if you're making enough money right now. If you can answer yes, you're fine. But you could still save yourself time and stress by keeping your cash organized a bit better. Or stop carrying cash altogether and use your debit card instead to simplify your life.

If you aren't happy with the money you're making now, recognize that income does have an important place in your life and take the first step toward attracing more money toward you by treating your cash with more care.

Money Relationship Makeover Tip: If treating money carelessly is your problem, start by getting organized with the right storage solution. (See? It really is just like organizing your house.) Splurge on a wallet or wristlet that you really love, with room to sort and store all your cash, credit cards, photos, ID and anything else important to you.

Start a change jar and get in the habit of emptying your pockets or change purse every night before you get loaded down with loose change.

If you find keeping all your bills and coins sorted is still a chore, get a good debit card or rewards credit card and skip the cash. What money represents because of what it can buy is important, but in today's society, cash is less significant.

Trait #2: “I'm a bit of a money 'show-off.' I always carry at least one hundred dollar bill wrapped around my smaller denominations... and I hold it all in a gold money clip.”

This might mean that you treat your cash as an extension of your self worth ... the appearance of having money means a lot to you and makes you feel better about yourself. This isn't a problem unless you're doing it to hide feelings of insecurity or low self-esteem.

Money Relationship Makeover Tip: I'm a big proponent of using small things to make us “feel” wealthy in order to capture the mindset of wealth and become a money magnet. If a money clip or a designer wallet do it for you, there's no reason to change the way you carry your cash. But don't be afraid to spend the hundred, either, if you need it. Remember, the only reason money is important is because of what it can buy, and true wealth is a mindset.

Trait #3: “I don't carry cash at all.”

Many people don't carry cash and instead, use a rewards credit card for every purchase. This is convenient for a number of reasons, including warranties on products purchased on a credit card, a written record of all your spending in your credit card statements, and less risk if you lose it. Just make sure you're not using a credit card when you don't have cash to back it up, or that you're not in avoidance of your financial situation.

Money Relationship Makeover Tip: How's your self-discipline with that plastic? If you find yourself losing track of your spending, it's time to freeze those cards (literally, place them in the freezer to keep from using them) and budget better. On payday, take out all the money you'll need for the week. Then, make separate envelopes (red envelopes are considered lucky in Feng Shui) for each expense: groceries, gas, lunches, entertainment, kids' lunches and school trips, etc. Transfer anything that's left into a savings account. When the money in that envelope is gone, it's gone. You can make the decision to roll over extra cash toward the next week or bank it in savings.

Trait #4: “I just love money and love carrying tons of it. Problem is, it vanishes quickly.”

Deep down, you have the same problem as the “show-off.” But you're more care-free with your spending, just like a credit card spender. First, remember that your cash is not an extension of you. It's just a tool that lets you obtain what you need and want. Whether you carry a little or a lot, it's important to stick to a budget.

Money Relationship Makeover Tip: The envelope trick can work for you, too. Plus, you get to carry all that cash, neatly organized and, at the end of the week, you'll know exactly where it went. You may even have a little bit left over.

Trait #5: “I carry just enough money to cover my cash spending for the week, with a little left over.”

You have a healthy, practical relationship with money. You view it as a tool to buy everything you need and want, but you don't place any significance on the physical dollars and cents in your wallet -- that would be like having emotional attachment to a hammer.

Money Relationship Makeover Tip: If you're not yet a money magnet, you have the makings of one. It's time to shift your mindset to one of wealth and begin attracting everything you desire in life. Don't be afraid to dream big; the only limit to your income is in your mind.
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Five Fast (and Free!) Mood-Boosters

Having material things is nice, and there's nothing wrong with pursuing a life of abundance, but it may not be the key to true happiness.

When we boost our happiness with “stuff,” the effect is temporary. When we buy a new car, new furniture, or redecorate our home, the change will make us a little happier, temporarily. But then we drop down to our normal state of happiness, whatever that may be.

Here are five easy (and free!) ways you can boost your happiness TODAY.

1. Set your intention with very specific life goals, both long- and short-term. Goals are what keep us motivated and striving to always improve. Without clear, specific goals, we risk stagnating. Don't overwhelm yourself -- set goals in the areas of your life that are most important to you. Short-term goals should be relatively easy to achieve, that way you'll gain confidence to continue pursuing your longer-term goals.

2. Develop and maintain a strong support system. - Friends and family are both important for a place to turn when your inner strength is just about tapped out and you need a helping hand, a laugh, or an escape from the day to day.

3. Volunteer - Giving back feels great. It's as simple as that. But there's something about being an active participant in making people's lives better that is even more rewarding than just sending a payment to your favorite cause. Everyone is busy, but if you can take just an hour a week to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, at your church, or maybe do a walk for a specific cause (which has health benefits, too!)

4. Accept what you can't change. We are beings with free will and the capability to manifest everything we want in life. But there are certain things we can't control. This includes the actions of others. The best we can do is, by our own actions, inspire others to believe in themselves and be happier. But when it comes down to it, we must choose to accept what we can't control and be at peace, anyway.

5. Get spiritual - It doesn't matter what you believe in or what form it takes, but seeking spirituality in the form of meditation, worship or even spending time in nature provides you with a sense of happiness and inner peace that's hard to match. When we believe in a power outside ourselves, whatever we want to call it, energy is set in to motion to help us achieve our goals faster. Every effort we make provides a far greater return than the energy we expend. Feng Shui can be a powerful force in amplifying our efforts and aligning the Universal Energy with our goals, so we achieve what we want quicker, and with less effort.

Some people may call this luck or synchronicity. It's actually the energy of the universe aligning wth our goals so we can accomplish more, in less time, with less effort.
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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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