Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging living spaces. It is based on many of the same principles as alternative therapies as acupuncture. The goal of Feng Shui is to maximize the flow of "Qi" (energy or life force) in your environment, leading to safety, health, wealth, happiness, and productivity. If you already have a high-quality mattress and comfortable, supportive pillows but still aren’t sleeping well, Feng Shui says that mirrors in your bedroom could be the culprit. Let’s explore the idea of Feng Shui mirrors right now!
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is a centuries-old practice that is much more complicated than can be properly explained in a few sentences or even a few paragraphs. Feng Shui is about more than just moving around furniture or creating a Zen-looking room. It gives you the necessary tools to reduce stress, improve your well-being, and invite joy into your daily life. Plus, it allows your mind to rest and get the deep sleep your body needs to rejuvenate each night.
Your home, especially your bedroom, is a reflection of your life. Being thoughtful about how you arrange your bedroom and make use of the available space is especially important. It's where you sleep, after all. Adequate amounts of quality sleep are essential to your overall health and well-being. It isn’t just about what you place in your bedroom, but also where.
Why is Feng Shui worth considering for your bedroom mirrors?
We want you to sleep well, and so does Feng Shui! If you aren't sleeping well at night, a mirror in your bedroom could be the reason why. In Feng Shui, mirrors are thought to bounce energy around the bedroom. This may result in restlessness and amplify the worries in your mind as you struggle to fall asleep.
Any extra anxiety at night when you’re trying to stay calm makes it nearly impossible to get the sleep you need. Feng Shui experts recommend you cover the bedroom mirrors for a couple nights and notice if your sleep improves. If you sleep soundly with them covered, consider replacing them or moving them elsewhere. Anything you can do to reduce or remove these worries is worth the try!
Some mirror placements in the bedroom
Mirror above bed
One place where Feng Shui experts warn against hanging a mirror is a mirror over the bed. The weight of this object above a resting space makes a mirror on the ceiling above a bed a big no-no. Remember, Feng Shui is all about feeling safe and secure in your space. It's hard to feel safe with something heavy hanging directly over your head. You don’t need to know much about Feng Shui to agree with that sentiment!
Mirror facing bed
If you are concerned with Feng Shui bedroom mirrors, this is one to pay close attention to. It's especially important not to hang a mirror on the wall opposite or facing your bed. Feng Shui consultants tell us that this can promote the intrusion of a third party into a couple's relationship and possibly even encourage infidelity. If a mirror in your bedroom makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, you should pay attention to that. Trust your gut instincts!
Mirror behind bed
The door leading into a room is very important in Feng Shui. An important principle in Feng Shui is the concept of placing your bed in the commanding position in your room, facing the door. Generally speaking, Feng Shui experts do not recommend placing a mirror directly across from the door leading into your room, but rather on a wall perpendicular to it. If you have placed your bed in the correct commanding position, it means the mirror won’t be placed behind the bed but along the side.
Mirrors facing windows
If you’ve heard something is a “window to your soul,” this is the basic concept of how Feng Shui thinks of mirrors. Most experts will warn you to be mindful of what your mirror reflects both inside and outside the home. They're a quick adjustment when you want to expand a space and bring in more light but be sure they're reflecting a beautiful backyard view and not a stack of bills on your desk.
Whether you practice Feng Shui or not, there's no denying the benefits of a great room layout. A space that just seems to flow well makes it easier to get up in the morning, move around to get ready, and prepare yourself for sleep. We spend many hours sleeping in our beds, about ⅓ of our life in fact. By using Feng Shui in your bedroom structure and décor, you're making sure you begin and end your day in a way that fits in line with this. Your sleep matters, and your bedroom does too!