There are many things you can do to bring some positive vibes to your office. After all, how much time do you spend in your office any given day? It’s important that the space while enabling you to be productive, also helps you stay of sound mind. Here’s 5 ways you can make your office a more “positive”, zen place to be.
Art and Photographs
Most people know that art and pictures brighten up a room: especially if you have very plain walls or work in a cubical. If you’re fortunate enough to work from home, you have free reign over what you put on your walls and what kind of décor you have.
Everybody is different and it’s important to find the art that speaks to you. If you’re in the market for art, you should check out a local gallery or look for local artists in the area. Many local artists have online shops on sites like Etsy or Amazon. Support your local art community.
Some offices have rules about the scents you bring to the office. Very few let employees burn candles, incense, or even use a diffuser. If you’re fortunate enough to make your office smell as you please, we love our diffusers and scented candles.
Diffusers work with essential oils that offer a variety of health and mood benefits. Some essential oils remove bacteria from the air while alleviating (possibly treating) symptoms of bronchitis, colds, flus, and other illnesses. They produce a steam and depending on the oil, often the smell is not too strong.
Scented candles are a wonderful way to make a room smell wonder. One of our favorite candle makers is Sandy Lemmon at Sunflower Moon Shop.
Of course, if you share an office with other people – it’s always a good idea make sure to check that no-one is sensitive to certain scents or scented products first. Fragrances and perfumes can be a problem for some migraine suffers, asthmatics, and people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.
Gemstones have long been used for their healing properties: physical, emotional and spiritual. We can’t even begin to go into the number of gemstones out there and their different uses, but you’ll find many sites online with great information. Here’s a few faves for the office:
- Flourite is said to ward off negativity. It guards you even when there is negativity around you (so you don’t absorb it as much). Sounds perfect for the work day.
- Lapis is believed to relieve confusion and unlock the mysteries we face. For example it may help you work through a business decision.
- Rose Quartz is known for its gentile energy. It’s said to heal heartbreaks and even physical ailments.
- Jade carries a calming energy and is believe to help people be less critical of themselves and others.
- Amethyst is associated with The Christ Consciousness and has long been recognized as The Violet Flame of Transmission. It’s supposed to free us of bad karma and past negative influences. Spiritually, connecting to the violet flame helps connect you to your God Source (The Christ Connection for some) and transmit negative thoughts into positive ones.
- Turquoise is a teaching stone. It helps us learn lessons through meditations or dream visions.
Some may be skeptical about gemstones, though many religious/spiritual people find them useful. They can help in the office by bringing positive energy and spirituality.
Find other objects that promote Wellness & Relaxation.
Work can be stressful. When we engage in deep breathing exercises it helps us relax, even when there is chaos around us. It helps you empty your thoughts as you focus on your breathing.
In our line of work, sometimes technological problems arise. You swear you’ve troubleshot everything, you might stay up late to try to fix it. After taking a few deep breaths you may realize you need a break and then in the morning when you go to work on it, the solution comes much easier.
They say, “you are what you eat,” and to a degree, that’s true– not in the literal sense of course. Food definitely impacts our health. Eating too much processed food (which is easy to do around the office– quick meals) leads to obesity, diabetes, heart complications, and other chronic illnesses.
Make sure you’re getting a healthy does of essential vitamins and other nutrients. While vitamins and supplements help, it’s also important to ingest these things from natural sources. For example, chia seeds are a wonderful source of Omega-3s. Green tea (organically sourced) is a great way to boost energy: it’s rich in antioxidants and nutrients that have a powerful effect on the body.
Our friends at Stone Naturopathic, namely Dr. Carolyn Stone, has a wonderful blog full of great nutrition information (and well, health information in general).