I love working from home, I really feel like I have the perfect work-life balance BUT sometimes I’m not always sure my health and wellbeing balance is catered for too. We all know that as much as possible we should get outside. I know I know, it’s easier said than done when you work from home. But the health benefits and restorative properties of nature cannot be argued with. Being outside reduces stress and increases the production of vitamin D which reduces depression and fatigue. That’s just for starters!
We all know we should be working in the garden, taking regular outside breaks or going on long walks but knowing and doing are two entirely different things. So what better way to increase your connection with nature than by bringing it into your home office? Here are my 4 ways to bring nature into the office at home and evoke the great outdoors.
4 Ways To Bring Nature Into The Office At Home:
Open Your Windows: I know sorry! But sometimes the simple answers are the best! When we shut the windows and even worse draw the curtains, which is easily done in the Summer months, we make ourselves feel isolated and cut off from the world outside, which in turn has a negative effect on productivity and wellbeing. By opening the windows you let in natural light and fresh air which includes the smells and sound of the outside world, this helps you to immerse yourself in nature and feel the benefits whilst working in your home office.
Wooden Flooring: Incorporating natural materials into your home office helps to create healthy spaces, lowers blood pressure and reduces stress levels. Whilst wooden floors can be an investment watch out for Engineered Wood Flooring Sale for clearance discounts, plus remember wooden flooring is a cleaner option as it deters dust, pollen, pet dander, and other debris that can hamper allergies. Wooden floors are also easy to clean, disinfect and sanitise unlike carpets which can harbour dirt, germs, dust mites deep in the fibres of the material that no amount of vacuuming or soaping can get rid of. You just don’t have this problem with wooden flooring, there’s literally nowhere for dirt to hide! Wooden flooring also comes in a variety of colours, sizes, textures and smells so there’s something to suit all spaces and everyone’s needs.
Plants And Flowers: Plants and flowers are the easiest way to bring nature indoors without a doubt. Try opting for plants that need little or no tending too like “Mother-in-law’s tongue” or “Snake plant” (Sansevieria plant) these can last up to a month without water, surviving in both low light or full exposure to sunlight for long periods. Sounds like the perfect plant for someone like me who forgets to water them and has a shady office space! Plants also absorb our dirty air which keeps your office productive, and healthy whilst boosting your mood. I love adding flowers in my home office too especially during the summer I cut a few flowers out of the garden, sunflowers, hydrangeas and sweetpeas adding a splash of colour which enhances mood and creativity. Flowers also help to reduce anxiety and they heighten your senses using sight, smell and touch, so don’t wait for someone to buy you some or a special occasion treat yourself, flowers are good for your mental health and productivity.
Optimise Natural Lighting: The amount of light and the type of light we have in our home offices has a real effect on our mood which in turn affects our work productivity. If you don’t have big open windows, think about using reflective surfaces, light-coloured walls and mirrors to bounce light around and make the space feel more open and airy. Ensure your home office is never dark or dimly lit, invest in light bulbs that mimic natural daylight and LED light bulbs that stop the artificial orange glow of traditional bulbs. Also consider layering light around the room in the form of lamps so you don’t just rely on one main light source.
What other tips do you have for bringing nature into your home office space?
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