Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend at your desk? Whether you’re in a corporate cubicle, an open concept co-working space, or you’re crushing things out from the comfort of your home, chances are the answer to that question is quite a lot. While the beautiful paper weight and motivational quote pinned to the cork board are aesthetically pleasing (don’t get us wrong, we’re all about the visuals too), it’s also important to think about how your workspace impacts your health. Here are 5 ways to make your workplace better for your health and overall wellbeing.
1. Open the windows.
Stuffy air can inhibit your brain power. Opening the windows and letting some fresh air flow in can make the world of a difference. If windows aren’t an option, at the very least, try to flood your workspace with as much natural light as possible.
2. Get moving.
It’s common sense that standing on your feet all day doesn’t feel great on the body, but the same can be said for sitting. Make sure you take regular breaks to stretch your legs, focus your eyes on something other than a computer screen, and throw in some shoulder rolls for good measure… try a few right now and try to dispute how good it feels.
Pro tip: Set an alarm two to three times a day and take a mini stretch break. Work in those shoulder rolls we just mentioned, open and close your hands, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and when you sit back down, don’t forget about your posture!
3. Add some greenery.
Instead of staring longingly out the window wishing you were outside, try bringing some of the outdoors in. Adding one or two plants to your workspace will freshen things up, and they’ve been known to improve your mood, reduce stress, and promote creativity.
Pro Tip: Consider something low-maintenance like a succulent, we’re not going for the full blown garden look.
4. Declutter your desk.
The more items you have in your workspace, the more your brain is scanning and keeping track of everything. We’re not saying you should completely clean house here, keep a few items that are significant to you and make you feel comfortable.
5. Stop Eating at your desk.
We probably sound like a broken record, and yes, given our hustle culture, it’s incredibly hard to put this into practice, but please try not to eat lunch at your desk. Getting out of your environment can help reset your brain for a more productive afternoon, and will help stop you from eating mindlessly while you work. If this simply isn’t an option for you, opt for more meaningful snacks and foods that will give you energy and fill you up.
What’s your best tip on making your workspace healthy?