Feng Shui for Dorm Rooms and Back to College Check List
Going away to college is often an exciting and scary prospect. Often it is the first time we are launching out on our own as adults. We are forging our destiny with an entirely new group of people and possibly in an entirely different state. It may be the first time we have lived with a roommate we don’t know much about, if anything. It is a time of both excitement and anxiety. If you have a young adult who is going away to college, here are some Feng Shui tips to help them set up and organize their dorm room in a way that supports their best college experience and gives them a sanctuary space to rest, rejuvenate, play, and study all in one space.
One of the challenges of having a one-room-fits-all is to insure that we have a space that inspires us but is still conducive to good sleep. If the space is too active, it will serve the purpose of fun, but not rest. For more on this please see my article on Feng Shui for Small Spaces along with my article on Feng Shui for Teen’s Bedrooms, for much of the same principles will apply.
An important thing to remember about dorm rooms is that you need one space that serves three purposes: sleep, study, and play. If you create a space that accommodates all three, you will have a multi-functional space that supports you in every way.
Getting enough rest is always a challenge for college students, and not often a priority. However, we all know we are more balanced, study better, and can better manage all of the stresses — albeit exciting ones — when we have had enough sleep.
Black Out Eye Masks and Ear Plugs:
Bring several pairs of blackout eye masks and extra packets of earplugs. If your roomy is a night owl or a party animal you will just need to deal with it, so come prepared for this possibility. Always put eye shades and ear plugs on before going to sleep and you won’t be jolted awake by late night comings and goings.
Bed in Empowered Position:
In order to feel the most comfortable, sleep soundly, and feel safe, the bed should be placed in the empowered position. This is where you can see the door when you are in bed, but are not in direct alignment with it. Dorm rooms tend to be small and there are few places to put beds. If your bed has to be placed in direct alignment with a door create a faux wall by positioning some sort of divider between you and the door. This can be a large banner that hangs down above the foot of the bed, a large plant, or a room divider. Choose neutral patterns and/or designs for a more calming space. If you can’t, and your bed has to be placed in such a way that your back is to the door, place a small mirror in a position that allows you to see who is coming in.
Choose Calming Colors for Sheets and Bedding That Inspire You But Are Not Too Active:
Your bed should feel like a big comfy stuffed animal you can curl up in and escape from the world. Make sure the area around the bed is also calming, placing more active pictures and posters out of your sight-line if possible. For this I will refer you to my article on Feng Shui for Bedrooms.
Make sure the things you see just before you go to sleep and right as you wake up are inspiring. Feng Shui teaches that everything in our living space is alive and interacting with us, moving our lives in that direction.Your moods and emotions will be affected by the messages of your art, so make sure they are empowering and moving your life forward in a way that is positive.
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