DATESEP 2, 2021
Tips for creating ambience that keeps you going and helps breathe life into your work day
Working from home is here to stay, even if it's a mix between home and in-office. While WFH can allow some much-needed time to pop to the grocery store, wash the sheets and take pets out for a walk, it can also be hard to maintain a work/life balance that doesn’t cause you to burnout.
To help people fight the WFH fatigue and add some much needed self-care and brightness to their day, we’ve put together a few simple things you can do to set up your home office for a happy and healthy outlook.
Create a workspace that makes you feel good
Looking at drab, uninspiring surroundings does not help your overall mindset - same goes for disorganised stacks of paper and mess.
As warmer Spring weather beckons, there’s no better time to do a quick spring clean in your home office, focusing on keeping a clean, clutter-free space that adds calm. Research from Harvard has even shown a cluttered desk can lead to stress and anxiety.
To add some life back to your workspace, add a small desk plant and some sophisticated, yet minimal accessories - an oil burner, diffuser or even a candle. This will help you design a set-up that inspires you and helps you enjoy your surroundings, making your workspace a place you want to be.
Keep work confined to one room
Enjoying your workspace is all well and good but everyone needs a break. Even a short five minute one can improve your health and wellbeing, according to psychologists. One of the risks with remote work is not creating clear boundaries between work and home. To ensure clear boundaries, avoid leaving work books and devices strewn throughout the house. As well, when you’re done with your work, leave your workspace and shut the door behind you - you shouldn’t be looking at your work monitor when you’re trying to enjoy some much-needed downtime.
Take breaks and move your feet
Sometimes we think working longer and cutting breaks short helps us get more work done and finish earlier. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Research even shows that taking a break, stretching your legs and shutting work off completely while you’re doing this is the secret to success. Try blocking ‘busy’ time in your calendar to avoid people booking meetings then take this time to get outside, see some sun and release endorphins.
Add fragrance to boost your mood
Fragrance has such powerful emotional connotations. Lavender is synonymous with relaxation, while light, crisp and uplifting citrus scents signal being alert. To avoid a stale room that isn’t conducive to high-performance, Mihi Home’s Work trio of essential oils uses fresh, floral and citrus scents to calm busy minds, all while creating a mood of focus and concentration.
Schedule in ‘me’ time
Whether on your lunch break or after work, there’s no part of the day more important and rejuvenating than some ‘me’ time. Whether your idea of me time is giving yourself a face mask, watching Netflix with a bowl of pasta and glass of wine, journaling or having a luxurious candlelit bath, this is a part of the day we all need to schedule. Put away work, turn off your distractions and remember: this time is for you and you only!
While work from home continues, don’t forget there should always be time for you. Connect with us on Instagram @mihihome to find out more about ways to take time for self-care