Kids are very sensitive to fluctuations in energy, and unseen negative stimulations in your children’s bedroom can affect their behavior, mental health, mood, fitness and overall performance in more ways than you can imagine. Using ancient Chinese principles of Feng Shui, you can help make their personal space more positive and supporting of best outcomes by simply re-arranging small aspects of the existing décor.
Ideally, their playroom and bedroom should be separate, because of the inherent contradiction between `yin’ and `yang’ energy. A playroom filled with fun, games and boisterous activities thrives in the `yang’ energy, which is highly active as well. A bedroom on the other hand should promote `yin’ energy as it represents a quiet, dark and restful atmosphere.
Due to space constraints, it is not always possible to separate the two living areas, but by using a few, curative Feng Shui suggestions, the `yang’ can be diffused during bedtime, so children can enjoy all the physical and emotional benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Here are 12 Feng Shui tips to get you started:
# 1: Remove Clutter
• Clutter is inevitable in a child’s room, but one of the cardinal rules of Feng Shui is not to live and sleep in a dirty or untidy space. The chi flow (energy flow) slows down and becomes sluggish in a cluttered room, leaving the occupier feeling dispirited, tired and unmotivated.
Clear, stackable storage boxes, with each box holding a certain kind of toy – such as Lego bricks or model cars – is a great way to discourage clutter. The child can pull out one box of toys at a time, and that really helps to keep chaos under control.
# 2: Place Bed In A Command Position
• The bed should always be in the `command position’ — that is, furthest from the door with a solid wall behind it. This location allows the occupier of the bed to clearly see who’s entering, and what else is going on in the room.
If a solid wall is not available and there happens to be a window right above the headboard, the blinds should be drawn or heavy curtains hung to discourage inflow of unwanted energy when the child is sleeping.
# 3: Ensure Complete Darkness During Sleep
• Darkness is the brain’s cue to produce melatonin. If there is any source of light on throughout the night, the brain gets fooled into believing it is dawn or daylight and automatically decreases melatonin production.
If your child wants a light to stay on, wait until he/she has fallen asleep before switching it off. Or buy a bedside lamp with a timer, so it switches off on its own after a few hours.
# 4: Minimize Exposure To EMFs
• Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) are energies emitted by electronic devices that also affect the brain’s melatonin production capacity. Make sure there are no TVs, computers, iPads or other electronic devices within 3 feet of the bed at night.
# 5: Don’t Store Anything Under The Bed
• Ideally, the space under the bed should be empty, but due to challenges of modern, urban living, this is not always possible. If your child’s bed comes with extra storage underneath, don’t use it to store books, toys etc. Keep clothes here if you absolutely must use it, as they carry less active energies that may disturb restful sleep.
# 6: Use A Mirror To Boost Confidence
• Feng Shui prescribes the use of mirrors judiciously, but if a child is undergoing some trying times and could use a nice boost of confidence, place a full-length mirror in the room. Make sure the mirror is at his or her eye level, because hanging it higher than that may backfire, and promote feelings of not being able to measure up. Also, never place a mirror at the foot of the bed.
# 7: Keep Toy Weapons Out Of Sight
• If your child loves toy weapons such as swords, lances and guns, make sure they are stored in a box and well out of sight during nighttime. The `yang’ (active) vibrations of even toy weaponry can hinder a restful REM sleep.
# 8: Control Presence Of Pop Culture Memorabilia
• Pop culture icons are fascinating to most children because they break rules, defy traditions and promote an aggressively alternative lifestyle. Memorabilia associated with subversive pop culture should ideally not be present in the room where they sleep.
# 9: Fill The Room With Positive Reinforcements
• If you’re trying to encourage your children to eat healthy, for example, remove posters, stuffed toys and other décor items depicting fries, doughnuts, pizzas etc. While junk food décor is very cheery indeed, they also introduce subliminal temptations in the room.
Display trophies, awards, certificates and symbols of their hopes and dreams instead. A globe will encourage curiosity. A poster of a map will reinforce connection with the earth and help ground an overactive mind.
# 10: Fill The Room With Love Reinforcements
• Family pictures do not belong in the living room only. They symbolize love, security and happiness in the heart of children, so display a few in your kid’s bedroom as well.
# 11: Keep Colors Calm
• Ideal colors for a child’s room are soft pastels and warm tones. If your kid loves primary shades or is going through a hot, fuchsia pink phase, use them sparingly as accents. High octane colors also have high energy, and they have no place in a room that should promote restful sleep.
# 12: Ensure Good Ventilation
• Fresh air is very important for good Feng Shui – especially in children’s rooms where there is always a moving cornucopia of books, CDs, toys, clothes etc. Make sure the room gets aired regularly. An indoor air-purifying potted plant can absorb allergens in the air and remove stale energy quite efficiently.