More and more of us are working from home these days, but that doesn’t make the pressures of work any less stressful.
In a cost of living crisis, work can often be more stressful, with cutbacks required and a demand to get more out of staff. Of course, the effect of that can be huge, leading people down dark paths that range from depression to the likes of alcohol addiction, with a dangerously dramatic rise in numbers over recent years.
Across rehab centers, trigger points are often highlighted as work-related, but how exactly can you reduce stress to ensure that a dangerous pathway isn’t followed?
Naturally, there are many ways to do that, and it’s important to get support. But there are also little things you can do, such as ensuring your home office is best equipped for dealing with stress.
There are several additions you can make to it that will help. So, if you’re worried about your stress levels and working from home at present, here are three additions to your home office…
Add More Greenery and Houseplants.
A good place to start is with the addition of houseplants. Many carry air-purifying qualities like aloe vera, queen fern, and rubber plants, which are great for this and small enough not to take up too much space in an office.
These are all easy to look after and ensure plenty of fresh oxygen is pumped into your working environment.
Get Walking with Your Desk Treadmill.
Now, we’re not suggesting you should be running a marathon while working, but desk treadmills are becoming hugely popular. We’re recommended to take 10,000 steps daily, which isn’t easy working from 9 until 5.
Desk treadmills allow you to stand and walk while completing tasks and are perfect for short breaks. What’s more, they’ll release endorphins, so you’ll improve your mood and have better clarity of thought, tackling stress much more effectively.
Look at Photos of Loved Ones
It’s who we do it for right? Small reminders of our loved ones can not only make any stress we have worthwhile, but also can help in destressing.
You can make collages, have single images or create cork boards with lots of different pictures of loved ones and things you enjoy to do that will make you feel less stressed.
Often, landscapes and images of the sea can be good for this. Offering a more natural view at a time when we’re stuck inside.
Of course, there’s so much more you can do too. Just think of the things you like to do to unwind or destress and try to integrate that into your home office. Combined with plenty of natural light, it’ll put you in a much better position to tackle the harder periods at work and, more importantly, not take that stress with you post-work, when it really is time to kick back and relax.