Health-a-fy Your Office
Most of us are at work the majority of our days. However, there’s no reason a healthy lifestyle can’t be carried into the workplace. I’ll grant you that many Americans don’t place a high emphasis on their health so it can seem like an up hill battle. But if you are intentional about making everywhere you reside the most optimal, then others will see how it effects your energy, mood, and enjoyment of life overall. So here are some tips:
1.) Hydrate – We all need the recommended minimum of 64 ounces daily. Sadly, most people are walking around dehydrated. (Read more on how to hydrate here.) If there isn’t an easily accessible water cooler at work, then you may want to consider stocking your own water. In addition, many workplaces are air conditioned. The air-conditioning removes moisture from the air which is not good for you. The moisture removal impacts your lungs and skin. Be on the watch out for headaches, tiredness, and dry skin. Make sure to purposely counter it by hydrating yourself properly.
2.) Plants – Greenery is a proven stress-reliever, and spider plants, Gerber daisies, golden pothos and other plants also clean your air and remove toxins at the same time. I think having plants around makes the air smell fresher, too. Even NASA is revealed a study that discovered that common houseplants are capable of converting chemical air pollutants into harmless substances. Here is a list of plants to consider.
3.) Brighten it Up! – Our reactions and attitudes to colors differ from person to person. That color affects us all is an undoubted fact. Its significance has been investigated and the results utilized in merchandizing, selling, home decorating, the workplace environment, industry, plant growth, nutrition, physics, physiology, psychology, ecclesiasticism and art. Colors that are useful in the office are: orange – stimulates creativity; yellow – intensifies the intellect and heightens motivation; red – energizes; blue – calming, fights physical and mental tension; green – fights irritability and has a healing effect on the body.
4.) Make it tidy – Keep your office clean and organized. Bundle power cords and hide them to keep them from detracting from the ambiance you’re trying to create. There is no excuse for clutter. Make sure that your desk is clean and that everything is put away before you leave each day. A well-organized, uncluttered desk leads to clear thinking and reduces stress. Make a habit of putting items back in their original place after you are finished using them.
5.) Air Quality – The EPA informs us that 6 out of 10 buildings are “sick” and that indoor air quality is the United States’ number one environmental health problem. A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air, and 95% less bacteria in the air (since many of the pollutants found in the air reside on floating dust particles). The U.S.D.A. also performed another study to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. However, Ionizers have come under scrutiny recently. Although studies have proven that ozone removes certain biological contaminants from the air, data suggest that the resulting concentration of ozone would exceed acceptable standards, up to 5 to 10 times higher than recommended. Air purifiers that emit small amounts of ozone — .01 to .02 or less — are safe and do assist in removing viruses from the air stream. HEPA filters are available for the residential market and they are regulated by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to be 99.997% efficient, allowing no more than 3 particles in 10,000 to penetrate the filter. Even the best HEPA filter will not kill viruses, however, and can lose its effectiveness at trapping viruses as the particulate matter builds up and causes more resistance to the airflow.
Here’s an article that differentiates air purifiers if you would like to read more.