Improving Your Mental Health in Your Home Office

Working from home can be lonely, fact.
Loneliness and isolation are not good for your mental health, in fact.
However, I appreciate it especially when you are really busy it can be more difficult to get out of the office and network. Self-care though should never be an afterthought there are a few easy things you can implement within your home office, from oxygenating plants to Blessed CBD oil supplements, all with the aim of helping improve your mental and physical health.

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Improving Your Mental Health in Your Home Office : 

According to The Wildlife Trusts nature makes happier workers, green offices boost productivity making this a no-brainer.   As a freelancer, I spend a lot of my day in my home office. Therefore I want a comfortable, peaceful, quiet environment to aid with concentration but I also want a professional look too. Plus your home office needs to be functional otherwise you won’t use it.

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  • Plants: This is probably the easiest way to transform a space making it greener.  Opt for plants that need little tending 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! Plants absorb our dirty air which keeps your office productive, healthy and boosts your mood.
  • Colours:  Choose warm colours or natural tones, muted and calming such as green and blue.  Natural tones give rooms a sense of space and the illusion of space even in a small room. Make sure your decor is in keeping with your home but again is functional to it’s use.
  • Flooring: This is a great way to bring the outside in, select a laminate flooring in a wood style. Not only is laminate easy to care for, clean and maintain it looks as good as wooden flooring but is a much more wallet-friendly option. Unlike wooden flooring, laminate doesn’t require specialist cleaning and is easy to lay.
  • Lighting: We looked before at how the correct lighting can improve your mood in the winter.  It’s surprising the benefits of more natural light on your mood and energy. 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.
  • Take a Break: Taking regular breaks gives you the opportunity to relax and unwind your mind. A soothing cup of tea or herbal capsules made from soft gelatin if you’re short for time could help revitalize you for the next round of work. Even in the winter you should open the front door and stand in your garden. Taking in some deep breaths, in through the nose out through the mouth. Concentrate on the act of breathing forget everything else, clear your mind, reduce stress and anxiety and increase productivity on your return.

The Wildlife Trusts have produced this super infographic on “Nature and Mental Health” which can be downloaded from their website.

nature and mental health

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  1. December 21, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I definitely agree with taking breaks as being beneficial to mental health. On a study day I always go for a lunchtime walk with my dogs to get some fresh air and clear my mind meaning I am refreshed when I sit back down at my desk. A great informative blog post.
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  2. December 21, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    We added plants to the office at work and the difference in atmosphere is quite something, a friend of mine who is a therapist advised it x

  3. January 12, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the tips. The 2 that resonate with me are having pleasing colors/good lighting in your office and the suggestion to decorate the office with plants. A touch of green makes the space more inviting.
    Do you have any plant suggestions that are easy to care for and work well with indirect sunlight?

  4. Dee
    April 26, 2019 / 7:24 am

    Your article information is amazing. I like it. Thank you for sharing.

  5. February 21, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    From the beggining a student need to healthy. So healthy people can perform his best level. Most of the student is not prepared from the mental health. As a student he or she needs to keep his/her mind keep well. Mentally prepared person can perform best level.