Sometimes the office can seem like the worst place to be – especially when you are feeling down and stressed.
However there are ways to make the hustle and bustle of your work environment a pleasant space where you can focus and have a happy time with your colleagues without worrying about stress and anxiety.
Most of the time, adding wellness to your workday simply comes down to preparation and making simple changes.
Get your clothes ready the night before
If you find yourself in a mad rush to get ready in the mornings, take a few minutes before you go to bed to lay your clothes out for the next day. This can really help to reduce your stress levels and will be a huge time saver.
Leave emails to the office
It can be tempting to check your emails before getting to work, but this can affect your morning schedule and may make you late. Dedicate your morning routine to getting ready and spending a few moments with your family or housemates. Setting healthy boundaries like these will help you to feel more positive about the day ahead, and you can spend more time looking through your emails when you get into the office.
It may be easier to grab some snacks on the way to work in the morning, but eating a healthy breakfast such as porridge with fruit and honey, or a couple of slices of wholemeal toast and poached egg will do you the world of good. Not only will your energy levels remain steady but you will not be so tempted to reach for junk food which will make you feel worse.
Spruce up your workspace
Making your desk an inviting and pleasant space will help to enhance productivity and creativity. Add some plants to improve air quality and some images of your family, pets, friends or a scenic view of the beach to boost your mood. Keeping your desk de-cluttered is also helpful for easing stress and anxiety. Simply getting rid of overflowing piles of papers will have a profound effect.
Keep a healthy stash
Stocking your drawer with healthy snacks like fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, oat biscuits and crisp breads will mean you’ll be less likely to reach for unhealthy options which can throw your energy levels out of balance. Herbal teas will provide an additional boost during the day and are a great alternative to coffee.