As many of us have transitioned to a work-from-home arrangement in recent months, it’s now up to us to actively try to make the most out of our current work setting. One thing we’ve been thinking about is that we don’t need a new ‘normal’, we need ‘better’. How can we change our routines and outlooks so that they’re even better than before the pandemic? It’s important, now more than ever, to find ways to make work less stressful. We came across this research commissioned by Mind UK which reveals that one in three people find work to be a significant stressor for them, ranking higher than financial or health issues. So what can we do about it?
Your workspace at home can go beyond just helping you stay productive. During these odd times, we can look for different ways to cultivate a peaceful environment. With that being said, we’ve listed below the best tips to help you create a mindful space while working from home.
Carve Out Your Own Workspace
Since most of us no longer have an office to go to, it’s helpful to create spaces inside our houses that are a perfect working corner, no matter what your working style is. First, try to find a quiet area in your house that’s free from any distractions. This way, you can ensure that all your focus can be directed on the work you have at hand. If your home layout allows it, try to avoid working near communal spaces like the dining area or living room as that’s often where all the social fun is!
When it comes to carving out your workspace, you can also do small things that can help you subconsciously find mindfulness during work. One way is by having small indoor houseplants near your workspace (hello natural air filters!), which can boost your mood and even improve your creativity. Another seemingly small adjustment that has a huge impact is by finding the right lighting. The intensity and colour of your works pace’s light can influence your mood. When choosing lighting options for your workspace, try to find one that mimics natural light. Research from Cornell University has found out that natural light works best for office settings, as it can reduce eye strain and headaches by 84%, so it’s definitely worth it.
Don’t Forget To Honour Your Body
Working from home blurs the line between your personal life and work life, making it more likely for you to forget your most basic needs. This can be made worse by the lack of structure and boundaries, which often come naturally from commuting. So, start by creating a schedule of a typical workday, and do your best to follow it. Following a schedule can also help prevent you from overworking, giving you spare time to spend with your loved ones and helping you honour and take care of your body, both physically and mentally. You’re not a machine, so keep that in mind as you make your schedule. In the end, rest actually makes you more productive. It’s always about working smarter not longer.
Another way to honour yourself is to pay attention to your skin. Other than being your body’s largest organ, the quality of your skin also reveals a lot about your overall well-being. Despite not being exposed to any outside elements, your skin is still prone to dryness and breakouts, as the humidity indoors tends to be lower than outdoor environments. And anyone else out there experiencing a new little phenomenon affectionately known as mask acne? Be sure to treat yourself with some quality moisturiser to keep your glow! We especially like vitamin c and vitamin e moisturisers with other all-natural ingredients like beeswax and sunflower seed oil. These can help lock in the moisture in your skin throughout your workday, keeping it soft and happy.
Find Ways To Elevate Your Comfort
Small sources of comfort can change the way we work. We like to call this “everyday magic.” Since we’re poised to spend the rest of our time sitting at our desks, it’s best that we try to elevate the comfort level of our workspace through personal touches that bring us joy. We may be a little biased, but one way to do this is by having a TBCo. blanket close at hand. Our blankets are made with a luxurious soft weave that can help regulate your temperature. We like keeping a perfectly sized knee blanket perched on top of our work chair for a little boost of comfort during your workday.
Another way to introduce comfort in your space is by using a scent diffuser or candle. Check out this Quartz article on aromatherapy that points out some aromas impact your brain’s cognition and mood, great for helping you focus and de-stress. When looking out for aromatherapy products, be sure to buy those that are made with lavender, rosemary, sage, and peppermint essential oils, as these have properties that can boost productivity while keeping you relaxed.
Now that your space is all set up, we wish you many happy and cosy days at work! Have any more ideas? Send them our way!
Specially written for tartanblanketco.com
By: Reese Jones