Heading out for a vacation or business and staying in a hotel? Traveling season is quickly approaching and the holiday season can occasionally make hotel rooms our home away from home. Make it the best it can be by setting up your hotel for success!
Work can be stressful but add travel to it, and it can increase significantly. I did whatever I could to lower my stress so I had a more enjoyable and efficient trip. I traveled extensively for over 20 years when I worked in pharmaceutical and medical device sales. I was on planes and cars traveling from place to place almost every week. This often meant staying in one to three hotels a week. Most of my friends thought I had a glamorous job. Although I did enjoy it in the early years, as each city was a new adventure, traveling always presents many challenges.
For example, it often means spending countless hours immersed in high electromagnetic fields. Airports literally hum with them, as do the aircraft. These energy fields can be extremely debilitating, draining our bodies of chi, and causing headaches, irritability, depression, and insomnia.
Couple this with time-zone changes, and we end up with the classic jet lag experience. Being blessed with good health, I didn’t become aware of the harmful effects of electromagnetic fields until rather late in my career, when I began to study the art of Feng Shui.
Reduce your exposure to EMFs by unplugging all unnecessary electronics like coffeemakers and alarm clocks. Taking these preventative measures and charging phones away from your bed not only helps the planet from harmful energy loads, but it also makes you feel healthier. EMFs are electromagnetic fields that are invisible areas of energy associated with electrical power and man made lighting.
If you are sensitive to EMFs, depending on the level of frequency, you may experience symptoms including:
- Fatigue, stress, or sleep disturbances
- Pains and aches in your muscles
- Foggy thinking or depression, among others
However, I learned there is a device to prevent jet lag that one can wear like a piece of jewelry. I found that wearing it prevents jet lag, no matter how many time zones I fly through. Now, they make such devices for cellphones and laptops, which I use! Ask me about these if interested.
Hotel rooms present another travel challenge! Even the highest-rated can be filled with dead, stale chi and energy from prior guests. If it’s a large hotel, you also contend with being sandwiched between other rooms and the energies of other occupants. Add this energy and the sharp angles of some furniture, bathroom chi, electromagnetic fields, noise, and it’s no wonder so many people dislike travel.
So, what can you do? First, clear the room energetically, using whatever means you prefer to get a fresh start. In basic Feng Shui, you can use tassels to compensate for cutting edges, crystals to adjust chi flow, and you can rearrange the furniture to achieve a more harmonious environment. Check for electromagnetic fields and correct for these. For example, put your alarm clock on opposite side of bed, rather than next to your head.
Once I had completed the above steps, I would light native american sage, say a prayer or mantra, and visualize the space filled with white light energy. If I was staying for an extended period of time, I would write on a piece of paper the intent of my stay, what I wanted to experience and accomplish while I was there, and then I’d put the paper in a red envelope and place it on my bedside table. An alternate area for it is under your pillow, close to where we manifest our dreams.
If you travel, whether for business or pleasure, it’s good to use Feng Shui principles to make your stay more comfortable. Fortunately, many hotels today have become “Feng Shui friendly” and if you look, you can find ones that advertise they are.
You can also spot one yourself by looking for a well-placed front door and a welcoming atmosphere. Bonus! If staying for more than one night, bring a small bamboo plant. Bringing nature indoors helps keep us grounded and it also relieves the air of toxins.
If you frequent just one chain of hotels as I did when I traveled, the rooms begin to look identical, no matter where you are. As I began my study of Feng Shui I learned I could enhance my room, my travel experiences, and my Feng Shui luck by taking several small items I could use to personalize my hotel room.