The first day of school is just a month away. Many students are in for a rude awakening – literally! Most adults remember their moms lecturing them on the importance of a good night’s rest with many doubting the validity of her claims. But today’s research proves that mom was right all along and perhaps a good night’s sleep earns students better grades. Now is the time to start making changes for your family.
Have you ever thought about feng shui in your child's bedroom? A child who complains that he can’t sleep because “there are monsters under the bed” may be onto something. Of course parents know there isn’t a monster under there, but there might be dust bunnies, food wrappers, dirty laundry, broken toys, and crumbled comic books. All of these items combine to have an invisible energy aura that can be very scary.
According to the principles of feng shui, everything in our environment has invisible energy or ‘Chi’. You can’t see Chi but, believe it or not, it is there. Everything in your home has a vibrational energy of either good or bad Chi that can affect how you think and feel. Combine the mood and physical health-altering affects of Chi with a child’s overactive imagination and you can see where the idea of scary monsters comes from.
Your first feng shui step should be to clear out everything from under the bed and give it a good vacuum. Then, look at the bedroom layout and décor. Unknowingly, many parents actually create children’s bedrooms that increase their kids’ energy levels, rather than help lull them to sleep.
- Avoid having the foot of the bed pointing out the door. This can lead to a sense of insecurity.
- Ensure the child can see the door while lying in bed. This helps them feel more secure.
- Do not place the head of the bed against a wall that holds the electrical panel (to reduce exposure to electromagnetic energy), directly under a window (which can lead to insecurity), or one that is directly across from a toilet or the stove—so all their dreams symbolically go ‘down the drain’ or ‘up in smoke.’
Last, but not least, remove all electronics from kids’ bedrooms. This includes televisions, computers and electronic games. And, yes, they will complain! Move electronics to a playroom or family room where activity is encouraged. Make the bedroom a place your child can relax, read a good book and unwind… and you'll both sleep better!
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