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Certified Feng Shui Expert Laura Cerrano provides weekly Feng Shui Tips and insights, paired with the latest scientific studies, discussions about additional supportive healing modalities and healthier lifestyle choices for the body, mind and spirit.

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How To Feng Shui Your College Dorm Room

Laura Cerrano

Can you believe it?! Summer is pretty much over. And that means,….BACK TO SCHOOL! Do we have any college students reading this post? If so, and you happen to be living on campus, I invite you to take a look at several Feng Shui Tips on how to enhance the energy of your dorm room for the upcoming college year. 

1. I remember the first year I lived on campus, I shared a dorm room with 3 other people, which was not ideal. Yet, one of the key habits that kept the peace between all of us, was being aware and mindful of each others personal space, which in tern provided visual and energetic boundaries. Meaning, we kept our own clutter under control as often as possible.  


2. College is a world wind of new life experiences, student activities, and loads of class work. With that said, it’s strongly recommended to select visuals and objects that support your conscious and subconscious mind during your next phase of development in life. Think about your hobbies, focus of studies, interests beyond college, supportive people in your life (family/ boyfriend/girlfriend/ friends/ family pet) and do your best to symbolically or literally represent those psychological cues of support, inspiration, and motivation.  


3. Plants are a great addition to any space and have been scientifically proven to help reduce stress and clean the air. Energetically speaking, they promote inner and outer growth, while adding a pop of personality to the space. How many plants? You could start with 2 - 3 of them. When selecting your plants, be sure the leaves are rounded or curved. Avoid prickly plants with sharp cactus needles or shaped leaves. 


4. It’s hard to escape the overwhelming radio waves of EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies). The biggest culprits include computers, TV, and cell phones. An easy way in help to reduce EMF’s inside your dorm room is by turning off your computer and cell phone at night. The next suggestion is to keep them at least 4 feet away from your entire body when sleeping, if possible. One of the best things to do in general, is take breaks from being attached to your electronics 24/7. 

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5. Keep your desk organized. If during the day you have a method to your madness when working and studying, so be it. Before bed, adopt the habit of making sure your paperwork is not spilling over into the rest of the room. Even pay mind to how you maintain storage space inside the desk drawers and your closet. It all counts!

6. Most of us have laptops these days, which is great for mobility and space saving. Yet, they can do immense damage to people’s posture because our necks are positioned in a constant downward angle. See about getting a computer monitor for your laptop. The monitor helps to raise your line of sight, which aligns your spine in a more erect position to promote better posture, health, and focus.


7. Another way to promote good posture when working at your desk, is by investing into a quality ergonomic chair (if able to). The purposes of the chair is to provide excellent lumbar support while sitting at your desk.

8. Be mindful with the type of lighting within your dorm room. Natural light is always the best, by opening your blinds and windows to let in fresh air, when able to. At night, pay mind to the type of artificial lighting inside your dorm room. Night time promotes yin (calmer) energy. To replicate this energy in the physical world, the use of down lighting is an easy way to establish this feeling. The light source could be placed by your desk, which is helpful when working. When deciding on how to light the rest of the space for more relaxed and fun times, feel free to get CREATIVE! 


9. Be sure the bed and bedding is promoting a platform for quality sleep. Lack of sleep means lack of energy, decrease in overall health, focus, and possible slipping of your GPA. When it comes to the type of bed colleges provide you with, from what I remember, they typically have bunkbeds. In terms of bedding, you have way more say. From a Feng Shui perspective, its recommended to select certain colors for your pillow covers, sheets, and comforter to help promote better sleep. Terra cotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan, and cocoa colors create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere for your bed. Soft natural colors like light blues, greens and lavenders lend the bedding a quiet, tranquil vibe, and invite healing energy.

Are there more tips? Of course! Yet, from here on, its best to experience a personalized consultation to refine specific suggestions that align with your goals for positive change. So, for now, start with these 9 Feng Shui Dorm Room suggestions. 

5 Feng Shui Back to School Tips to Establish Stronger Cognitive Function and Reduce Stress

Laura Cerrano

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1. The buzzing sound of “Declutter” will continue to be the #1 starting Feng Shui suggestion during these current times because our society has adopted somewhat of a clutter-bug lifestyle. As the saying goes, less is more. This is essential for everyone to practice. 

A team of UCLA researchers in 2012 32 Los Angeles families and found that all of the mothers' stress hormones spiked during the time they spent dealing with their belongings.” Belongings included material goods, paperwork, and even their children’s toys. For the dad or father figure that lives in the home and children, please help out with keeping things tidy. This lifestyle change requires a team effort. To the best of your ability, make it a priority to establish the healthy habit of balancing routine and structure; verbally, visually, and energetically.

Photo by Kamil Malinowski

Photo by Kamil Malinowski

2. Minimize Electronics in the Bedroom. Researchers from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston conducted a study to understand the impact of electronic devices on circadian rhythms and sleep patterns. In short, the team found that those who had read LE-eBooks in the hours before bedtime reported lower subjective sleepiness and showed decreased EEG delta/theta activity. 

Just about everyone uses computers daily. To negotiate this habit, the practice of Feng Shui is asking for you to find a balance. The bedroom is a place of rest, rejuvenation, and reconnection. If any room in your entire home that you could reduce or totally remove major EMF’s, it would be from inside your bedroom. 

Reference for Brain Waves: Delta waves (.5 to 3 Hz) are the slowest brain waves and occur primarily during our deepest state of dreamless sleep. Theta waves (3 to 8 Hz) occur during sleep but have also been observed in the deepest states of Zen meditation

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3. To give students stronger cognitive function during the day, allow natural light to filter into the classrooms. A study conducted by Productivity and Buildings Science program found “Classrooms with the most daylighting had a 20% better learning rate in math and 26% improved rate in reading compared to classrooms with little or no daylighting.” Of course use common sense with this suggestion. If your classroom requires a reduced amount of light, that is just fine. If anything, it's best that the main communal areas of the school (lobby, offices, hallways, cafeteria, library, etc) make up for the lack of light in other classrooms. 


4. Establish a Commanding Position. This becomes a metaphor for the occupant sleeping, working, teaching, or studying to ‘see’ unlimited possibilities and have clearer focus while also being able to avoid unnecessary situations in daily life. In other words, its symbolic for that person to always remain in their ‘personal power.’ This position also references a protective stance and energetic support.

Photo by Kamil Malinowski

Photo by Kamil Malinowski

5. Mindfully select and display images that inspire, strike curiosity, and motivate. You could implement this suggestion at home, in the office, and in the classroom. At home you can choose more personalized imagery. Think about what strikes your curiosity and inspires you. Is it the arts, technology, engineering science, astrology, or something of your own creation? Only you can answer this. 

It could be displayed through artwork, objects, books, word art, sculptures, or even instruments. At work you could establish a more professional representation of those visual inspirations. At school, the teacher could choose to display untypical posters that feature different role models, quotes, positive affirmations or imagery, thus helping to introduce new perspectives about the topic being taught, life, and the world we share. Again, for all these environments the selection will have to be customized to the function of each space. 


Laura Cerrano is a Full-time Certified Feng Shui expert with 20+ years of experience. She provides bi-coastal consultations and workshops for residential, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies, and healing facilities. She is currently conducting research for her upcoming book that focuses on bridging the gap between the ancient wisdom Feng Shui and modern day science to establish the practice of Feng Shui as a credible form of health care.