Mindfulness has become a popular concept that many people have adopted and adapted to their daily lives to help alleviate stress, particularly during such stressful times while working remotely during the lockdown. It has been estimated that 275 million people around the world experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis.
Many mindfulness techniques can help reduce work-related stress, but one of the most effective is to use mindfulness to help create a calming work-from-home office space for yourself and others. Let’s have a look at a few tips.
A mindful workspace is not simply about having the tools to get the work accomplished. It is a concept that encapsulates a lot of visuals into the space as well.
A minimalist office design can help provide the basics, but you may find it is lacking the visual inspiration for a truly mindful workspace. Add decor that helps you feel comfortable, art and photos of friends and family, and indoor plants can help bring a sense of serenity to your home office.
Invigorate other senses.
Including scents and sounds that you love can ignite the senses, not only inspiring you during your workday but adding extra comfort to your workspace. A sense of mindfulness can be achieved with calming music or scented candles to add warmth and balance.
Stimulating touch surfaces.
Studies have shown that touching different textures can help calm nerves and provide a tactile comfort.
Your mindful workspace should contain objects of various textures to help stimulate your mind. A soft blanket draped over your office chair can provide warmth as well as a textural opportunity. Maybe include a stress ball, a pen holder that has a uniquely textured surface, or anything you can rub your hands across and feel comfortable in touching.
Take a stand with a stand-up desk.
Being sat at a desk all day can make you uncomfortable, and sit down desks can be detrimental to our physical health in the long term, and in the short term leave you feeling stiff, achy, and drained at the end of a long day.
Take regular breaks to stand up and walk around, stretching your limbs, getting your blood flowing, and alleviate stress. It might be an option to consider getting a standing desk.
A clean workspace.
It’s hard to reach that zen-like mindfulness if your workspace is cluttered, and you’re forever searching for your pen, notebooks, and paperwork. A mindful workspace is one that expresses a sense of order, not chaos.
Encourage others with mindfulness.
When you find yourself practising mindfulness at your workspace, you will likely find others with the same goals. Try to encourage others when they ask about mindfulness at work.
Mindfulness is something we can all adopt in our daily, personal lives, but it is also a concept that can make our workspace appealing.
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