Tips for a Happy, Healthy & Productive Workspace
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Expert tips for a happy, healthy, and productive workspace, even if you don't have a home office. Focus on the environment around you and invest in the right furniture
Although not everyone has home offices, we have been content with the dining room table or breakfast counter, or we have installed a makeshift table in a nook or corner. Or perhaps, for some of us, our "office" was the sofa or the bed.
Space, or rather, lack of space, is one of the biggest problems when creating a suitable work area at home, but it is important that we find a space that helps us to be productive and to make sure we have the right. furniture and equipment to work comfortably and efficiently.
In the words of sustainable design specialist Oliver Heath: "It is important to have a healthy, happy and productive workplace. A height-adjustable chair with armrests and a sit/stand desk will keep you moving and ergonomically well maintained, while a variety of storage options will ensure that the space is functional, clean, and uncluttered. Include easily accessible shelves or tables for items you use all the time and long-term storage, such as a cabinet or filing cabinets. "
Staying home all day can help us feel distant from all the things we love about nature and being outdoors. If possible, place your table in front of the window. "Studies have shown that views of greenery, even in your peripheral vision, can help you feel rested and rejuvenated, allowing you to focus longer, so it's a good idea to position your table with a view throughout of a window ."
Speaking of windows, bring in more natural light, keep windows clear of obstructions; Make sure they are not blocked by furniture such as bookshelves, cabinets, or even high-backed chairs or sofas, as this will help improve mental energy and increase productivity.
'Make the most of the brightest and brightest days by sitting by a window, even if only for a few hours a day. The importance of natural light for health and well-being should not be underestimated, ”explains Catharina Björkman, a Scandinavian lifestyle specialist. “Numerous studies have shown that natural light in office spaces improves worker satisfaction and productivity, so why not want the same when working at home?
"Exposure to natural light helps regulate the body's natural circadian rhythms (sleep-wake hours) so that you not only feel more awake during the day, but you also sleep better at night."
If you have problems with windows and natural light, you can always mimic daylight with full-spectrum lamps. You can also reflect light around the room with reflective surfaces.
Bring nature indoors
Alternatively, bring nature indoors with an aquarium. With practical and aesthetic benefits, the aquarium provides the ideal place to contemplate in the comfort of your home, bringing you closer to nature and at the same time providing you with a quiet and peaceful place for contemplation.
Filled with vivid color and life, aquarium fish are one of nature's most interesting aquatic species, and watching them swim in the underwater world is sure to offer a refreshing break from the stresses of the workday. Requires only 15 minutes of maintenance per month; the aquarium will reproduce the natural environment of the fish; allowing you to sit back and enjoy while nature does the work.
Desk plants and flowers offer an explosion of green, enlivening your workspace and improving the quality of the air around you. But what plants to choose?
Some suggestions: Not only is aloe vera easy to grow but it is also known for its air-purifying qualities, which remove common household toxins from the air. It also has antibacterial properties and its gel can be applied topically to help heal minor cuts, scrapes, or burns.
Aromatic herbs like basil, rosemary, and mint are easy to grow and their natural scents will elevate your workspace. They will also be useful when cooking and baking. Aromatic plants like lavender are known to lower heart rate and blood pressure and promote a calmer, more restful night's sleep, vital to a productive work routine.
Make a desk your permanent workspace
We know that a makeshift office environment can be unproductive. With an office table in your 9 to 5 life, it offers a permanent and comfortable home for your laptop. Take the time to find the right table for your space (upright table, folding table, ladder table, etc.) and if you can, choose a table with a drawer so you can keep your notes, files and laptop locked up after the working day.
Depending on the type of work you do, you should also consider installing a second monitor that allows you to take advantage of a dual-screen; This will make it easier to access and view various documents.
If investing in a new table is not an option at the moment, buy a laptop stand that you can place on your dining room table. For example, means you no longer need to bend over and tilt your head towards a screen, just raise your laptop to a healthier, more comfortable height.
Choose a chair that's good for you
Are you sitting in a poor chair in the kitchen or dining room? Or was it your sofa or your bed? The latter would not be surprising, considering that a recent survey revealed that one in four (26 percent) worked on their couch and nearly one in five (17 percent).
"You don't sit cross-legged on the couch and work with your laptop on your lap, if you're wondering why you have back pain, that's why," says Michel Baumgart, design specialist. "It's also incredibly difficult to focus on work, and the extra effort you're putting into your body isn't helping."
The solution? An ergonomic office chair.
Choose hues to improve your mood
Depending on your workspace setup, use paint, wallpaper, or style elements to inject color in energizing hues of yellow, green, orange, or red. You can also add your favorite artwork or prints to the walls.
'If you need to work from home, enjoy a space that encourages productivity and creativity. A simple and effective way to define and zone space is through an impressive wallpaper or mural, ”says Nina Tarnowski. Don't be afraid to play with larger patterns and designs; Even within the smallest rooms, it can give the illusion of a much larger space. '
Divide and zone your space
In busy families, small houses, and open spaces, it has become more difficult to gain personal space. Partitions and room dividers are essential here: screens dividers can be moved when not in use and can be folded to save space.
If you are working in your bedroom, strategically placing items to share your workspace is critical to creating separation. You need to be able to disconnect from the work environment and a visible separation will help you mentally do just that.
Keep on top of clutter
Eliminate clutter and consider adopting a minimalist style for your home office space, as clutter can often become a distraction.
'A cluttered space can add to your stress: make sure your space is the best it can be, take a break every night before leaving work to pack your belongings and get rid of clutter and trash that no longer serves you. to maximize your work environment, 'suggests Michel Baumgart.
Do a wellbeing check
It goes without saying that regular screen breaks help increase your concentration and productivity and release tension on your back, neck, shoulders, and arms. A walk outside will help improve brain function, concentration levels, and reduce stress levels. For shorter breaks, you can enjoy a five-minute meditation or embrace the Swedish Fika tradition (a relaxing break for coffee and cake).
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