When you’re stressed at work, you’ll find that your mood worsens and that your productivity slows, making the work day less enjoyable. The best way to battle stress is to create a mindfulness-oriented office space.
Mindfulness involves adjusting your attitude so that you are less judgmental and more enlightened. It can also help battle signs of depression by replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
There are a few different ways that you can create a mindfulness-oriented office space, and the following suggestions can help you de-stress and adjust your attitude to help you increase productivity.
Change the color.
If you are working in a dark room, it will make the room feel smaller and can put you in a negative mood. A great way to make your office more mindful is to choose your favorite color, but choose a lighter shade. The lighter shade will ensure that the color is not overpowering or distracting, and choosing a color you love will help boost your mood. Leave the ceiling white to add a heightened effect to your office, and only paint your walls.
If you’re not allowed to paint your office, make sure that you fill your office with colorful accents. Bring in throw pillows and blankets, colorful furniture and wall décor to add a boost of energy to your office and help lift your spirits while at work.
Get new furniture.
If your furniture is plain and boring, it can have a major impact on your mood. Replace old and worn out furniture with newer pieces that you love. Make sure to choose something that is lively but also comfortable, as your comfort level will also impact your overall mood during the day. Add a couch or easy chair to your office so that you can relax while reading over documents or performing other tasks. You’ll be surprised at how this simple change can make tasks less stressful.
Rearrange the furniture.
Rearranging your furniture is another way to create a mindfulness-oriented office space. Play around with the layout of your office until you find something that is both comfortable and attractive. Instead of pushing furniture around all day, use virtual design tools likePunch to help you create the best layout for your office.
Clear the clutter.
If you have papers and clutter all over your office, you’re not going to elicit the best productivity. Make sure that you clear the clutter and use filing cabinets or other organizational tactics to simplify your process. Buy a basket and use that as an inbox for papers that need your attention. This keeps everything more organized and keeps clutter from forming on your desk.
You’re going to spend a lot of time in your office, and it will be much more enjoyable if you make it yours. Bring in family pictures or items from home that mean a lot to you and make you happy. When your office is an extension of your home and not a plain and boring area, you’ll find it easier to get your work done.
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