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It doesn't matter whether you're a firm believer in feng shui or have categorised it as woo-woo stuff, you can't deny the fact that your environment affects you. Having too much stuff, or things that are out of place or that just don't feel right can niggle at you all day and cause frustration when you can't find something.

Life is stressful enough without your actual workspace or home adding to it. You can start your year off right and make it your year best yet by checking out these feng shui tips and trends. If you're thinking this sounds awesome, but what the heck is feng shui, we've got that covered too.

What is Feng Shui?

The ancient art of feng shui originated in China and is to do with how a space and all the objects in it are arranged in relation to the flow of energy. Simply put, you have an energy field, as does everything else around you. How the energy flows around and through you is either beneficial for you or not.

Top Feng Shui Trends for 2019

1. Get Rid of Clutter

Organised chaos may be your thing, but it's like a breath of fresh air when you have a clean, organised space. Get rid of your old clothes that you no longer wear or that don't fit you. Get rid of things that you no longer use. Put everything where it belongs and keep your surfaces uncluttered. It will do you a world of good.

2. Bring in Some Plants

Houseplants are great and some even purify the air. If you have an office, having a plant will help to soothe your stress and bring some life into the room. You can do the same with your lounge, or why not keep a tray of herbs in your kitchen? They're good for the soul, your body, and your taste buds.

Having said this, keeping plants in your bedroom can make it vibrant instead of serene. Most plants also release carbon dioxide at night and while this isn't dangerous, it can affect your sleep which will impact your health negatively.

3. Use Soothing Colours

Striking colours can be too harsh. For example, a red wall can promote hostility and anger. Your walls don't all need to be white, but keep the colours pale and choose a colour that makes you feel good. Yellow works well in the kitchen whereas blue or white works well in the bedroom. You can check out these tips for choosing the perfect wall colours.

4. Open the Windows

Stuffy air is stifling. Opening your windows, provided it's not too noisy outside or letting in traffic fumes, helps you think more clearly and can even eliminate the feeling of being trapped if that is something that you struggle with. Open windows promote freedom and help fresh air to circulate.

5. Keep Technology Out of the Bedroom

The blue light emitted by laptops, televisions and smartphone screens interferes with your melatonin production. Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for sleep. So use an app with a blue light filter if you need to use any of these devices within an hour or two of bedtime.

If you can't keep tech out of the bedroom, cover up those LED lights and turn your phone face down. It seems inconsequential, but even one tiny light can disrupt your sleep. You may not wake up, but your mind will struggle to settle down and your sleep won't be very restful.

Most importantly, whatever you do, don't bring your work into the bedroom. Your bedroom is only for sleep and sex.

6. Leave Your Shoes at the Door

While this can be a bit awkward for some of us, this simple action can help to keep work stress out of your home. As you go through stacks of work and meet deadlines, you are likely wearing your shoes. When you take your shoes off as you enter your home, you are mentally leaving your cares at the front door. It also minimises dust!

If you don't like being barefoot or prefer to wear some nice comfy slippers after being on your feet all day, feel free to put on those comfy slippers or any other shoes that you feel comfortable in and that never leave the house.

Most of these tips are fairly simple and even just doing one or two of them can help you immensely. Whatever your goals are for 2019, providing yourself with a stress-free space will help you live a more balanced life, stay motivated, and have a positive outlook. Make your office and home a space that you enjoy.

Author: Cheanné Lombard

Author: Cheanné Lombard