With spring just a knocking on our doors as we speak and a lovely glimpse of spring sunshine in the sky, today seemed like a good day to think about how we can embrace nature and use it to help create a healthier working space. So I'm sharing three super quick and easy ways to instantly refresh your workspace and in doing so give your work wellbeing a much needed extra boost.
3 WAYS TO CREATE A HEALTHY WORKSPACE
1. Let Your Space Breathe: First and foremost try to let your working space 'breathe' as much as possible. I know this might not seem very inviting during the colder months, and not exactly refreshing when times are extra hot, but making sure that air circulates and clears as often as possible is really beneficial. It also gets rid of stale air and any nasty germs that are doing the rounds.
Spring is certainly the time to embrace letting the fresh air in. Open those windows, doors and allow clean air to circulate. Don't over rely on heaters or air conditioners. It's especially effective to do this just after a fresh rainfall when that clean, rainy air can really help to cleanse your space.
2. Seek Out Natural Light: Over half of workers in the UK don't have access to natural light in their working environment. Natural light really makes a huge difference to your wellbeing in the office and something many people now look for when trying to create a healthier environment to work in.
If you can embrace natural light then make the very most of it in your working space. If you're not so lucky then consider bringing in full spectrum light bulbs that simulate natural light, as well as task focused lamps in areas where you need extra clarity and help. Plus ensure you're getting away from your desk and getting out in the fresh air on your lunch breaks and for shorter breaks throughout the day as much as possible.
3. Go Green And Bring Nature In: Studies have shown that workers who have greenery around them or who are able to see green open spaces from their workspace are actually more productive and their moods are suitably boosted. Bringing a bit of nature into your space is great for your wellbeing. It also encourages a little thing called micro-restoration, helping your brain to recharge throughout the day.
Personally I'm a big fan of cacti and succulent type plants! They look pretty cool, don't have to take up much space and they don't need an awful lot of maintenance so for anyone out there like me who doesn't have the best track record when it comes to keeping plants alive, then these beauties are definitely the way to go. Another bonus is their lack of pollen so if you or your colleagues suffer from allergies then they aren't likely to offend!
What do you do to keep your work place feeling fresh and healthy? Do you think you'll be able to use and implement any of the above?