Wellness Dept.

Reduce Stress with a Healthy Workspace

Stress is all too common in the workplace. From emails to meetings and a never ending to-do list, many of those in the workforce feel the pressures of a heavy workload. Although you may not have complete control over what comes your way between nine and five, there are little things we can all do to help alleviate the stress of our everyday lives. It can be as simple as starting with your surroundings – if you have an office designed to fit your needs and preferences, you may be able to make those moments of madness feel more tolerable.

Follow these four simple tips to create a stress-free office space:

Start with organization


Have you ever noticed how distracting a mess can be? It can be frustrating and agonizing to not be able to find something you need because it is buried under junk and clutter. So, throw out the old magazines, file away any loose papers and get rid of books you no longer need. Only keep things that you are using at the moment out. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make. A clean and clutter-free workspace can help keep your mind clear and focused.

Create a calming environment


Once you clean out your clutter, you’ll have room to surround yourself with things that keep you calm. Perhaps it’s family pictures, a painting from a local artist and a plant or two. Look for decorative objects that make you smile and serve as a reminder to let the tough things go. You can also enhance the calmness of your environment by mitigating sounds. There are many ways you can drown out unwanted noise distractions. Some people use a white noise machine to drown out unwanted sounds. Others prefer music. Playing some soft or calming music through small speakers or noise cancelling headphones is a great way to relax and keep stress levels low.

Remember to pay attention to ergonomics


The more comfortable you are the less stress your body will feel. Practicing good posture throughout the day will help you perform your best. Get a chair that is not only comfortable, but one that fits your body with proper support for your back and neck. Remember to find one sized where your feet remain flat on the floor and your knees just slightly above your hips. You’ll also want your computer screen placed at eye level and should adjust your chair arms so they are even with your keyboard.  Keep your mouse close by and use a mouse pad with cushioning to keep your wrist in a natural position. A few slight adjustments to create an ergonomic desk can go a long way for your health and well-being.

Leave space to move


Sitting for hours on end can take a toll on your body. A little bit of movement throughout the day can go a long way, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Carve out a space in your office for small exercises. Keep a yoga mat in the corner that you can roll out for a few stretches or a bring in few light free weights or resistance bands to encourage you to get up and move. Find simple exercises that work for you and set times to do them throughout the day.  Your health will thank you.

Next time you go to clean your office, apply a few simple changes to help create a healthier work environment. Identifying the right set up for your needs is important and can help you through the stressful days ahead.