When looking for ways to manage stress, people often overlook one of the simplest and most effective strategies: create a peaceful home. Because most of our daily lives begin and end at home, creating a harmonious space as your base, can help you launch yourself into the world of work, from a less-stressed place each day. When you consider the value of creating an inspiring place to wake up to, a soothing place to come home to, and a relaxing place to live in, it becomes apparent that the time and energy put into creating a peaceful home can translate into energy saved and stress relieved. Here are some tips you can follow to achieve your sanctuary: -Clear all clutter: you have probably heard this advice again and again when it comes to Feng Shui, but it really is true that good energy does not generate in a messy home. Clutter is negative because it traps shar chi (negative energy) and this can manifest itself in conflict amongst family members and visitors. -Get organised: order creates calm. If you are running around all over the place looking for things, confusion reigns. This creates bad energy, wastes time, and is bad Feng Shui practice. Find a place for everything and everything in its place. -Put up pictures of angels and ascended masters. Pictures of angels and spirit guides also helps encourage a calm, secure feeling in the home. -Paint rooms in a single colour: painting a room in too many colours can cause disruptive energy. To maintain a peaceful atmosphere about the home, paint each room a single colour or in a single colour palette. Some colours are definitely more calming than others and this may depend on personal taste. Pinks are calming for some individuals and yet others like dark earth tones and greens. -Keep lighting low: dispense with overhead lights that are harsh and glaring and instead opt for lights that are more obtuse. Angle lamps so they spotlight special areas in the room. Also, get rid of fluorescent lights which tend to be too white and flicker which is not relaxing. White is not a lucky colour according to the principles of Feng Shui. -Don’t combine living and work space where possible: You should never sleep where you work or relax where you work. Think of another option for your work area. Banish bills and paperwork from your eyesight so you are not disturbed.