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Living concepts against stress: Feng Shui

Whether it's career support, a harmonious relationship, more money or the fulfilment of a wish to have children - if you believe the numerous guidebooks, Feng Shui is the ultimate recipe for happiness. Even those who want more Harmony within your own four walls should take a closer look at the science of Feng Shui. So the concept also helps when it comes to this, Stress in the relationshipthat Family or in the Office sustainably.

What is Feng Shui?

The teaching of Feng Shui is more than 5000 years old, the theory as well as its implementation in practice complex. The word Feng Shui comes from the Chinese and means translated: Wind (Feng) and water (Shui). Simplified, however, Feng Shui is about the chi (also: Qi) - a kind of life energyThe aim of the project is to reconcile the two worlds, which exist both in man himself and in his environment. Chi means life force.

How Chi Influences Your Life

The so-called Chi is not static, but a flowing form of energy. Chi is not only found in humans, but also in nature. Thus, the teaching of Feng Shui says that man is dependent on the Exchange with the elemental forces of nature: earth, fire, wood, water and metal. If these elements are used specifically in one's own four walls, this increases the flow of energy according to the rules of Feng Shui, which can be has a positive effect on health and well-being.

Feng Shui deals to a large extent with the Chi or the energy flow in rooms. Thus, the teaching of Feng Shui assumes that, for example, through the correct placement of buildings on a property, the right furniture and a thoughtful and individual selection of accessories, such as pictures with a positive effect and fountains, a maximum of Chi can circulate.

The basic principle of Feng Shui: To bring the power of nature into your own four walls in order to sustainably improve your own performance and physical as well as mental health.

Yin and Yang Chi for more success and less stress

An essential property of Chi is its polarity. The goal of Feng Shui: plus and minus poles are balanced. In the context of Feng Shui, these poles are called Yin and Yang Pole where Yin stands for the female energy and Yang for the male energy. Yin embodies passivity, darkness and silence, while Yang expression for activity and brightness.


It is important that both complement each other and that one energy field is also contained in the other. So neither is better or worse than the other. Rather, both principles are essential to the Bringing energy into balance. Both energy poles are promoted in Feng Shui as needed, for example to reduce stress.


Who, for example, in his bedroom and living room faster relax would like, should the Yin-Chi in these rooms. This is best achieved with dark, calm wall colours, soft and round shapes, textiles with playful elements such as ruffles or tassels.

Curtains and draperies create a relaxed yin atmosphere as well as dimmed, warm light. Decoration also promotes Yin in the room. A Yin interior invites you to Relax and switch off It provides more balance and helps you to regenerate more quickly after a stressful day.

Yang Chi

On the other hand, in your study. Yang energy want to promote more productive and successful to be: Large windows, lots of light and angular shapes support the yang chi in the room. This also applies to textiles like leather or hard materials like stone or hardwood.

However, it is important to always consider the opposite poleBecause too much overweight has a negative impact on the psyche and health. Thus, a workplace that is set up exclusively according to yang principles can lead more quickly to hectic and stress. In this case, it is worthwhile to subsequently create some Yin Chi in the workplace. This works, for example, with a playful decorative cushion on the chair, an oval paperweight or a round tray as a shelf. A houseplant with rounded leaves and flowers also supports the yin chi at the workplace.

Good or disturbed energy: Sheng-Chi and Sha-Chi

Chi, the life force, comprises several energy fields. These have different, positive and negative effects on the human organism. Negative is for example the Sha-Chiwhich is often used in conjunction with Strife, resentment and disease Occurs. According to physiotherapist and Feng Shui expert Olivia Moogk, cats are attracted to places with elevated Sha-Chi. Sha-Chi describes a disturbed energy fieldwhich water veins or electrosmog favor. With humans such a disturbance can cause restlessness, aggression or stress.

On the other hand, the life-preserving and regenerative effect of the Sheng Chi. This is most likely present where people understand each other and there is a good coexistence. According to the teachings of Feng Shui, animals such as dogs or birds also like to stay in places with Sheng Chi. The energy field has a consistently positive effect on people. Balance, wealth and health are setting in. Practical: With the right accessories it is possible to "artificially" increase the amount of Sheng-Chi in the room.

Furnishing according to Feng Shui

If you want to furnish your own four walls according to the rules of Feng Shui, you have to consider numerous components and transfer each of them to your own needs. Nevertheless there are Basics in Feng Shui that you can easily implement.


1. divide rooms correctly

According to the teachings of Feng Shui, each room is assigned one of eight areas of life. The orientation in different cardinal directions favors, the Sheng Chi flows freely and has a positive effect on people. The eight areas of life are each assigned a cardinal direction and associated properties:

  • North: Life path and career
  • Northeast: Knowledge and Wisdom
  • East: Family and Health
  • Southeast: success and wealth
  • South: Fame and prestige
  • Southwest: Partnership
  • West: Creativity and children
  • Northwest: Helpful Friends

2. use natural materials

Thus it is always sensible to integrate natural materials into the interior design, for example curtains made of Cotton, linen or silk. Also Real wood floors and New wool carpets form Sheng-Chi and provide health and well-being.

3. use mirrors in a targeted manner

Mirrors as well as crystals are considered in Feng Shui as reflective aids and remedies. How to deflect damaging sha-chithat can arise, for example, from street lamps or sharp corners. On the other hand, mirrors serve to guide chi into rooms and to keep the energy in the room flowing. What is important here is what is reflected in the mirror.

If it reflects a beautiful view or gives a glimpse of the tidy living room, it has a positive effect on the room and its occupants. Mirrors expand narrow and small spaces, take away the feeling of pressure and in this way counteract stress. Caution: Negative effect mirrors in the bedroom, especially opposite the bed.

4. using the sounds of nature

According to Feng Shui, sounds from nature have healing properties. Popular are for example a Indoor fountains and chimes from bamboo. According to the teachings of Feng Shui, the latter have positive effects on different areas of life depending on the cardinal points in which they hang. Sound recordings of rain, chirping birds or from rustling trees in the wind also have a calming effect.

5. create order

In order for energy to flow freely, it is important to create sufficient free space. Furniture and decoration are used sparingly in Feng Shui, every object has a clearly defined function. Clutter means pent-up energy. This has a negative effect on happiness and well-being. Tidying up means in Feng Shui not only to sort out material things, but also to throw away inner ballast.

More mindfulness in everyday life

With the help of cleansing rituals, it is possible to relieve inner pressure and stress. Feng Shui thus not only contributes to a better living atmosphere, but teaches the occupant be more mindful of oneself and one's surroundings. Rituals from Feng Shui are by no means unknown. Rather, they are reminiscent of exercises that can be used, for example, in stress management, as well as in matters of Burnout prevention and stress treatment have established.

Advisor and advice

The article gives an overview of the basic principles of Feng Shui and shows how the concept contributes to a better quality of life. To put the theory into practice, the focus is on the details. Thus, at the beginning it needs a precise analysis of living conditions and disturbing factorsto design his living environment according to the principles of Feng Shui. A lot of factors are involved - from the location of the apartment or house to the year of birth of the residents. In order not to overlook anything, you should deal intensively with Feng Shui beforehand.

There are different options here: Who has the necessary small change, can invest in a individual Feng Shui consultation invest. Courses also offer a good opportunity to deal intensively with the subject matter. Less expensive are Guide to the topic of Feng Shui. They provide a good overview of the theory and show when and how it works in practice.

Are you looking for relaxation within your own four walls? In addition to Feng Shui, there are other living concepts against stress: Here we show you how you can relax with Minimalism or the Lifestyle trend Hygge more relaxed.

Text: Natalie Grolig


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