How did people in India treat depression before a very western notion of psychiatry became the status quo? “In ancient India, Vastu was meant only for wealthy maharajas; every palace used to have a Kop Bhavan where one would retreat when they felt annoyed or hurt,” says Shilpa Khurana, a New Delhi-based Vastukar. Read on to know how you can summon goodwill and ditch the bad luck with the help of Vastu for stress and depression.
Zone of detoxification
This zone lies in the west of the north west (WNW) and is called the ‘zone of (detoxification) rodhan’ but can be plotted using a smartphone’s compass app even in a modern-day apartment setting. “Spending only few minutes in this zone can free you from the negative effects of the past, which is the main cause of hypertension, stress and depression,”Kurana says.
Things to avoid
One should avoid sleeping and spending a lot of in this area—it causes inertia and lethargy— nor should one allocate this area as a servant quarter. Avoid converting this area into a dining room or study, as well. “In short, this area should be avoided for any day-to-day activity,” Khurana advises.
Rectifying Vastu defects
Building a toilet here would be ideal as it symbolizes flushing negativity out of one’s life. “If an occasional drink is stress-buster for you then stock your bar here,” Khurana suggests. Building a store room here will help you overcome low moods and blocked emotions. Khurana feels that even unlucky or inauspicious designs can be very rewarding if their energy is harnessed in the right manner.
Colours can play a very important role in combating mental health issues, avoid using red in the north or the north east direction of the household. And blue should be strictly avoided in the south and the south west. “The elemental associations of these colours are unlucky when used the directions mentioned, thus creating mental challenges,” Khurana says.
Declutter this direction
And finally, ensure that the north east of the house is clutter-free, well-lit, and receives tons of light. The north east is the abode of Shiva the destroyer of negativity, and in Vedic astrology is governed by Guru or Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion.