Setting Up A Healthy Workstation

Chances are, your desk is kind of your home-away-from home. If so, you’ll want to read up on how to make it a great place to be.

Here are our tips for creating a healthy work-home.

The Basics

It’s well established that sitting for too long isn’t ideal for our bodies. But when you do need to be still, how you do it can help—at least with avoiding aches and pains.

Get yourself some good support with adjustable chairs, laptop stands to set your screen at eye-level and even stand at a height-adjustable desk for improved wellbeing.

Greenery

Time in Nature plays an important role in the development and health maintenance of our bodies. Recent studies have even found that short-sightedness in children is brought on by a lack of time outdoors!

Most of us can’t escape working inside, so we have to do our best to bring some green to the great indoors. Place green plants—a soothing colour for our eyes—around your work area to reconnect. See our Plant Power article for ideas.

Tip: succulents are ideal if you don’t have much room—or a green thumb.

Cleanliness

Make sure you aren’t squeezed in between mountains of papers, pens and post-its. Too many visual distractions will disrupt your focus and can make you feel overwhelmed.

Get appropriate office supplies like paper trays and folders to keep things neat and out of sight while easy to access. Don’t hold onto things you no longer need. Streamlining your workspace can make your life easier.

Healthy snacks and water

This might not be a tip you’d expect to see on a workstation list. But the reality is: sugar, salt and caffeine are tempting work-day treats. High levels of all three are known to wreak havoc on our bodies and our attention spans.

Something to keep in mind while that pack of lollies sits next to your computer! Try to keep natural snacks like fruit, nuts, and bliss balls within reach.

Also make sure to keep a reusable water bottle near you to encourage drinking throughout your day. Dehydration has been shown to impact energy levels, mood, and cognitive ability.

Earphones

Keep a pair of these handy for quick 10-minute meditation breaks. When you’re feeling flustered, unmotivated, or lethargic, put on some calming music or even a guided practice.

You’ll likely return to your task feeling more at ease and ready to focus. And there’s plenty of research to back that fact up.

If you’re spending 8 hours or more a day at work, you may as well make it as enjoyable as you can! Start implementing these tips today and see if you how different you start to feel.