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How Feng Shui-ing Your Uni Room Can Improve Wellness

University accommodation, whether that be living in halls, a house share, or even at home, is a place where students will ultimately spend a large amount of their time. And yet despite this, it is usually a place that is neglected and not as homely as it could be – because who wouldn’t want to make a house a home?

The tradition of Feng Shui is an ancient art that originated in China over 3,000 years ago. In Chinese culture, wind – also known as ‘Feng – and water – known as ‘Shui’ – are associated with good health, and so the practice is thought to bring good fortune. Feng Shui focuses on the interaction between individuals and their environments as it is believed that you can influence the energy around you to achieve balance and improve your lifestyle. This is attained through the design of your surroundings being in tune with the energies of balance, comfort, and harmony.

The practice is otherwise known as the ‘art of placement’ and is centred around two main elements – the Bagua and the compass. The compass accesses the deeper information of a building, whereas the Bagua energy map is usually an octagonal grid containing nine I Ching symbols. These are focused on family, wealth, children, helpful people, knowledge, career, fame, love, and, centrally, you and your health. Each have associated colours, elements, trigrams, numbers, shapes, and directions to help obtain all benefits of Feng Shui in your home. Whilst university students do not have the freedom to renovate a whole house as they please, we can make the most out of our small, yet sweet, humble abodes.

One of the most important elements of Feng Shui is the correct use of colour within a room. Warm, rich, earth tones are vital in creating a calming environment for both studying and for your spare time. A welcoming and cosy colour palette includes, but is not restricted to, creams, cocoa, coppers, and light corals. Accents may also include light blues, greens, and lavenders for tranquillity, alongside soft pinks and reds to boost relationships. The use of softer colours will make your room more inviting and perfect for those cosy nights in.

Another important aspect is decluttering – particularly underneath your bed – as a cleaner space will put your mind at ease. It’s important to remember that less is more, and whilst our rooms will end up in disarray every now and then, an organised room will take the stress away from everyday tasks. If possible, try to keep any under-bed storage limited to soft, bed-related items, as it is believed in Feng Shui that energy from clutter underneath your bed may affect you whilst you sleep.

Minimalism also applies to electronics in the bedroom. Whilst it is unlikely that televisions, laptops, and phones can be removed from your accommodation, taking time away from them before you sleep can do wonders for wellness. Alongside other benefits, reducing EMFs – electric and magnetic fields – before bed can stop any impact on your melatonin production, and ultimately improve your sleep cycle.

In terms of serotonin, ensuring that there is plenty of natural light in your room throughout the day will boost these levels. When teamed with soft lighting in the evening and complete darkness at night, going to sleep and waking again in the morning should be easier than ever – and you’ll possibly be happier when doing so which is an added bonus.

Feng Shui can also be applied to your nightstand to obtain that ‘zen’ vibe we’re all hoping for. Again, simplicity is key – a lamp, a photograph, one or two inspirational books, and a plant or fresh flowers is a winning combination. However, too many books can stimulate your mind and affect your rest, so if you have trouble sleeping then keep these to a minimum.

If there’s one space for a slight bit of clutter, it’s on your desk, as this can maintain your flow and movement when working. However, keep it organised as best as possible and accessorise this space with a living, green plant; your favourite mug for self-care and stability; and some fluorite if you wish, to enhance focus and intellect.

Décor that nourishes your five senses are a key part of Feng Shui and this includes hanging your favourite art on the wall if possible. Seeing artwork and photographs that hold a special place in your heart can really boost your mood and lift the energy of the room even higher. Although, try to avoid placing decorative mirrors next to or opposite your bed as this can counteract such positive energy and magnify both your problems and worries.

University accommodation is not the easiest of places to make your own, but with vision and a few handy tips and tricks, you can definitely transform your room as you wish. Feng Shui can largely improve wellness as it creates a welcoming and cosy environment – which is very much needed for the majority of students who will be leaving home for the first time. With a beginner’s guide such as this one, these basics will set you on your way to loving your university box room more than you ever thought you could. Still think that making your uni room a home from home is an impossible task? I certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

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