1 ADD PLANTS
Working from home can get the best of us - and for us Victorian, just when the thought things were looking good, we're back in a 6-week lockdown (!) BUT, we like so many others are taking this in our stride and looking at this time as an opportunity to hunker down, ramp up our health and wellbeing and enjoy the slower pace with our families.
Our WFH space must support our wellbeing while we juggle our family life - (and potential home-schooling?!) There's a few easy steps we can all take to do this, with adding plants our GO-TO at the top of the list.
We all know the benefits of having plants in our home; increased creativity and a sense of wellbeing, decreased stress levels, cleaner air etc etc, you know the drill. Studies have also shown having a plant on your desk increases productivity by 15%, so there, you have no excuses now!
2 BE NEAR NATURAL LIGHT
The best position for your WFH desk is right near good natural light. As the Winter days are shorter and darker, we can struggle to get our daily dose of Vitamin D (in the form of sunlight). Even if you can't manage a little direct sunlight, a well-lit position will help your body to naturally regulate your circadian rhythm and contributes to better health overall.
3 TAKE BREAKS OUTSIDE
WFH can often mean hours in front of the computer, or other devices. Blue light emitted from these devices can take its toll on our circadian rhythms - our bodies can get confused as to what time day it is, and when to secrete the appropriate hormones (anyone had trouble falling asleep after watching too much Netflix)?
The other reason it's a great idea to take breaks outside is so our body can experience sunlight; see No.2 above!
4 OPEN A DOOR OR WINDOW
Biophilia is the theory we all have an innate connection to nature. By opening a window or door, you're literally increasing your connection to nature; you might feel the breeze blowing indoors, or smell the grass outside or even hear the birds; these are all elements of biophilia in action.
5 SURROUND YOURSELF WITH NATURE
A key element of Biophilic design is the process of incorporating natural materials within your home that speak to, or directly connect with nature.
'See' Nature (Eg; artworks, paintings, photos etc)
'Smell' Nature (E.g; burn candles or diffusers with essential plant oils, or Palo Santo, incense or smudge sticks)
'Hear' Nature; (E.g; Open the doors and windows, listen to the birds, hear the breeze blowing your curtains etc)
'Touch' Nature; (E.g; use natural materials like stone, timber, linen, wool, leather etc)
'Taste It'; (E.g.; Drink plant-based teas and elixirs, eat plant-based meals etc)
Given the current climate and the fact that so many of us are WFH, we all could do with increasing our health and wellbeing. Nature is an undisputed gateway to increasing this.
Keep safe and well,
Alana & Jacqui