Colour therapy at work

Colours can have an instant impact, but they can also affect us in more subtle ways.

Red is well known as an appetite enhancer (KFC and McDonalds might be onto something!), making it an ideal choice for restaurants and fast food outlets, but if you want to turn people off their food, use purple, mauve or black.

Yellow stimulates the mind, making it a perfect choice for call centres or workplaces where people need to stay alert. Yellow can also work well in schools and study areas, as it aids concentration.

Shades of orange and yellow can also be used to lift the spirits and cheer up patients in hospitals, while bright orange is said to lessen emotional shock – making it an excellent hue for emergency rooms.

pinkprisonShades of pink and peach tend to calm people down, making them ideal colours for prisons, hospital waiting rooms and counseling centres. Some US prisons have even tried painting cells pink, and as a result, noticed less aggression*.

Blue can also calm the mind and reduce stress, but day in day out, some people can find blue a depressing colour – especially if a person’s spirits or energy levels are already low.

Shades of turquoise and aqua, on the other hand, are creative, invigorating colours, making them ideal for media industries and design-related professions. As they aid communication, they can also be a great choice for boardrooms and conference centres.

Green is the colour of balance and growth, making it ideal for health industries, mediation rooms and legal offices. It can also help patients to heal, making it a perfect colour for rehab centres.

*In 1979, directors of a Naval correctional centre in Seattle, US, painted some prison confinement cells pink in order to determine the effects this might have on prisoners. The rates of assault before and after the interior was painted pink were then monitored.

According to the Navy’s report, “Since the initiation of this procedure, there have been no incidents of erratic or hostile behavior during the initial phase of confinement”. Only fifteen minutes of exposure was enough to ensure that the potential for violent or aggressive behavior had been reduced, the report observed.

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Feng shui for kids’ bedrooms

According to feng shui practitioners, a harmonious, feel-good home reflects onto it’s occupants. To varying degrees we’re all tuned into our environments, but for sensitive types, and for children in particular, the effects can be strong.

feng shui for kids bedroomsBeing active little creatures, children often find it hard to switch off at bedtime. Bright colours and funky patterns may look appealing, but if the balance of yin and yang is out of kilter, vibrant rooms can overstimulate and rev kids up. Ideally, a child’s bedroom should be a peaceful place that promotes rest and relaxation. These feng shui fundamentals should point you in the right direction – and have your little one sleeping like a baby.

BED POSITION

Cots and kids’ beds work best when nestled into a cosy corner. For a sense of security, your baby or child should be able to see the room’s entrance from their bed, so if possible, position the bed diagonally from the door, with its headboard against the wall. Avoid having them sleep with their feet directly facing the door, as it will tempt them to get up and join you during the night.

In addition, your child’s bed should not share a wall with a toilet, as according to feng shui tradition, this can aggravate health problems such as bed wetting.

COLOUR

As mentioned, babies and young children need less stimulation, not more, so avoid bright or bold colours in their bedrooms and opt for gentle shades instead. Creamy whites, soft yellows, pale greys and pinks, mauves and greens are all ideal; shades of blue can feel cold and depressing, so stick to neutrals and warmer shades. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Shy or quiet children can benefit from brighter, more yang colours such as tangerine or sky blue, but stick to mid-tones, as darker shades can feel oppressive.

For older kids yellow is said to stimulate the intellect, making it an ideal colour for study nooks, while teenagers are often drawn towards purple and more self-expressive colours.

 FURNITURE

For little people, large wardrobes and chests of drawers can loom large, so where possible, keep them away from beds.

Corners of furniture can also create a disturbing energy (acting like an arrow), and kids can be especially vulnerable; if any corners are pointing directly at the cot or bed, try to shift the piece away. Mirrors can also be distracting, but only when visible from the bed. Avoid having shelves over beds as well, as they can create a heavy, pressing energy and disturb sleep.

Finally, place a happy family photo in your child’s bedroom, as this will promote feelings of love and security – even when your child is grumpy or having time out.

Copyright 2015 Jenny Blume

8 feng shui tips for 2015

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As they say, it’s out with the old, and in with the new! New Year is the perfect time to make fresh starts and lift the vibe, so get the ball rolling with some DIY feng shui. Have a happy 2015!

1 Attract more luck

An inviting entrance will draw good fortune into your home, so lavish it with love to create a bright, uplifting space.

Give your doormat a wash or if you’ve had a really rotten year, buy a new one.

Good lighting can really enhance a home’s feng shui, especially if your entrance is hard to find; for an extra sparkle, add solar lights to the garden or trees – and not just for the festive season but year round.

TIP: Fruiting trees, like cumquats and mandarins, can attract more luck and fertility into your home.

MOON GUIDE: Flowers and leafy veggies planted under fertile moon signs tend to thrive. Best days in January: 1, 23, 24

2 Clear the clutter

Clutter can act as a type of barrier, trapping you in the past and making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life. If you don’t love, need or use an item, pass it on!

3 Clean your kitchen

In feng shui a clean, attractive kitchen is a sign of health and prosperity. To encourage a steady income, use all of your hotplates, and if your back faces the door when cooking, add a mirror or reflective splashback.

4 Move your mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can draw light or pleasant views into a room, but reflecting dark or ugly areas will emphasize problems. Mirrors in bedrooms can ‘double’ arguments, so cover them up at night if you want to calm the vibe. Avoid reflecting your front door, or you’ll scare people away.

5 Cleanse your space

Energy in homes can become stagnant, so fling open your windows then burn some sage to banish bad vibes. To boost your energy levels, burn citrusy oils like lemongrass or bergamot.

6 Reassess your art

Think carefully about what you’ve inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness or violence will conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or loved ones will promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. Sunrises, flowers and rural scenes are especially fortuitous.

7 Rev up romance

Support your bedroom’s relationship sector, located in the south west, with crystals, candles, pink items, romantic images or silk flowers. Display items like rabbits, birds or elephants in pairs.

8 Fix leaking taps

According to feng shui, water and wealth go hand in hand. Start by fixing leaky taps, as they represent money going down the drain, then tackle any mold or stagnant water around your home.

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