How to Make Your Office More Healthy
Watching the Olympics makes me want to exercise and sometimes that can have a trickle down effect to make us want to be more healthy overall. Here are some tips on how to make your office a more healthy place to be.
Even just one fern on your desk can make you feel better. Studies show that just one houseplant around your work space can reduce stress. When choosing a plant, just make sure it’s not something that’s going to die if you can’t water it every day. Good desk plants include a philodendron, peace lily or a cactus.
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually looking for chocolate to snack on and not that chocolate is bad, but there are a few snacks you can cover with chocolate. I’m a big fan of chocolate covered sunflower seeds and chocolate covered peanuts. It doesn’t always have to be chocolate. Almonds and pistachios are great snacks, as is dried fruit. Plus fruit and dried nuts provide protein and energy to power you through the day.
Ride Your Bike
Riding your bike to work can get your blood pumping in the morning. Exercising also triggers endorphins in your brain which are natural pain fighters and stress reducers. If you ride your bike to work, that means you’re not spending money on gas and when I save money, I always feel better.
Keep pictures of your family, kids and pets on your desk. Researchers from UCLA say that keeping photographs of loved ones nearby can reduce pain and increase feelings of love and support, so if you have a big project coming up or have a stressful deadline that you need to meet, have a few pictures on your desk to remind you that you’re loved no matter what.
Get Some Sun
Increasing the amount of natural light in your office can promote productivity and better vision, so if you’re suffering from writer’s block or stress, go outside and take a walk.