By Debra Duneier
July 15, 2010
Is your hotel room truly your home away from home? A few easy tips will lead to better sleep, a healing atmosphere and a position of power for a successful meeting.
EcoChi is a lifestyle shift that blends Classical Feng Shui, Green and Sustainable Living and Environmental Psychology to revolutionize how people feel in their spaces. Whether you are home, in your office or in any other indoor space, EcoChi attracts prosperity, harmony, health and happiness—while simultaneously propagating environmental integrity.
1. Choose your room with care.
• Make sure your room has windows that open and air out the room before you go to bed.
• Location, location, location…Choose a room that is away from vending machines, elevators, bars or restaurants, street noise and any electrical hubs such as air conditioning or heating systems.
2. Electromagnetic Fields can interrupt a good nights’ sleep and affect your health.
• If you must keep your cell phone turned on overnight, keep it at least 5 feet away from you. From that distance the Electromagnetic Fields are much less likely to disturb you.
• Unplug all unnecessary electronics in the room including the alarm clock next to the bed before you go to sleep. This helps the planet by eliminating phantom energy loads and keeps you healthier by cutting down your exposure to unnecessary radio waves and EMFs. Bring a small battery alarm clock with you and call the front desk for a wake-up call instead.
3. Small touches from home bring a sense of calm after a long day of traveling.
• A small travel photo frame with a picture of your love partner, friends or even your pet will bring a smile to your face and an inner feeling of peace that is necessary for you to be at the top of your performance. Place it where you can easily see it when you are dressing for your meeting.
• A piece of clothing that you “love” should be a staple in your overnight bag. It could be a beautiful scarf, T-shirt, or a zippered hooded sweatshirt from the Super Bowl five years ago! Wear it while you hang in your room and then use it to cover the television before you go to sleep or the mirror if it is directly facing the bed. Seeing your reflection when you wake up from sleep can make you uneasy and jumpy. You need to be as calm as possible before a big meeting!
• A small scented candle is a mood changer. Relax with your candle burning, a glass of wine or an herbal tea, and classical music (a great tool for your brain function) as you glance over your outline for your morning meeting.
4. If you have to work in your hotel room, power up!
• Position your chair so that your back is up against the wall and you can see the door to your room. This is called the “Black Turtle” position in Feng Shui. The wall symbolically supports you and your business. Seeing the door keeps you in power. There will be no unexpected surprises. You are in control.
• If your hotel stay is more than an overnight, buy a small bamboo or jade plant and place it on your desk. Bringing nature indoors makes us feel grounded. Plants naturally clean the air of toxins, absorbs electromagnetic fields and these particular plants are known to bring money and success.
5. Will they love you in the morning?
• Get up early enough to take a short run, walk, practice yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi or a short trip to the gym. A 20-30 minute workout is enough to get your blood circulating without draining your chi energy.
• Listen to your favorite music as you get dressed for the meeting.
• Have breakfast. Stick to a meal that is easy to digest. If your body is working too hard you will not be clear headed for your meeting. Limit your caffeine intake to one or two cups maximum.
• Choose a power position at the meeting whenever possible -- “Black Turtle” behind you with an easy view of the door.
EcoChi for travel, leads to a good night’s sleep, a healing atmosphere in your room and puts you in the position of power at your meetings, increasing your odds for successful business.
Debra Duneier is president of Living Home by Debra, LLC, and is a LEED GA, Certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Certified Eco-Designer and Real Estate Broker in New York. Her business serves business owners, corporations, hotels, spas, developers, architectural and design firms, real estate investors and individuals who live or work indoors. For more information, contact her at debra@LivingHomeByDebra.com. .