Your workspace should be your sanctuary.
how to create a space that promotes your brain health
Fall is right around the corner and we are beginning to shift into a busy, productive, and eventful time of year. Whether you are sending the kids back to school, going back to school yourself, have projects in the works, or are participating in fall activities like sports events, conferences, or celebrating the autumn season, there's no doubt about it - your brain is working hard!
This month we are focusing on boosting brain health and taking steps to live a preventive lifestyle. If you are working from home or just spending more time at home, you may have noticed a shift in your mood with the seasonal change, or maybe you have a hard time staying focused on work because of clutter or distractions. Oftentimes, the space we spend lots of time in (especially if your home is now also your office) is a physical representation of what is going on in your brain. If this sounds familiar, you may need to evaluate how to get your workspace in tip top shape to improve your memory, focus, and mood.
Here are 3 things you can do starting tomorrow!
1: LET THE LIGHT IN
As the seasons change, sometimes so does our mood. The days are beginning to get shorter and darker, which can trigger things like seasonal depression and general unproductive habits. Did you know that just by simply moving your desk under or near a window can have numerous benefits on our health and wellbeing? Exposure to natural light heightens our production of serotonin, which positively impacts our mood, concentration, productivity, and sleep quality. If you don't have an area with lots of natural light that you can easily move your workspace to, consider moving about the house and following the sun to get the most light while working.
2: CREATE A SANCTUARY
Imagine working in a space where it is dark, drabby, and lifeless. Doesn't sound like you would get much done working there would you? Now imagine working in a space that is lit up by the sun, where neutral earth toned walls and objects fill the space, and aromas of focus-inducing scents waft in the air. Scientific studies show us that filling a space with light, earth-toned colors, specific aromas, and decor you love can actually have a surprisingly big impact on your own productivity and outlook on your day.
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3: BECOME A PLANT PARENT
Adding plants to your workspace spruces it up aesthetically, but there are also numerous studies that show indoor plants improve concentration and productivity, reduces stress, and boosts your mood. Just by looking at a picture of greenery can help you feel calmer.
Check out this guide to the best easy-care desk plants to add to your space.
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