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7 Ways to a Healthier Work Space

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Most of us spend the majority of our time at work, so how can we optimize our workspaces to best support our health?  Here are seven positive changes you can easily make in your office space.  Some of these might surprise you.

1. Ergonomics and movement

Pain in your neck, elbows and/or wrists is a sign that your workspace can use an ergonomic adjustment. Make sure your desk, chair, mouse and monitor line up to create a natural position for your body while you work.  Better yet, consider a standing or walking desk to stay more active during the day.

2. Optimize your lighting

Yes, your lighting. The benefits of natural lighting in the workplace are proven and numerous.  Working near a window has been shown to increase alertness, enhance work performance and even improve sleep.  When natural light isn’t an option, natural spectrum lighting, like a HappyLight®, can have a positive impact on your mood and energy at work.  Take a walk or eat your lunch outside to soak in even more beneficial rays.

3. Add a plant or two

Not only do plants beautify your work space, but they have also been shown to remove harmful indoor air pollutants, like VOCs, from the air.

4. Put your favorite pictures on display

Having pictures up of loved ones can help us stay centered and more calm throughout the day.  In fact, a Stanford University study found that people in love showed reduced levels of pain when they saw photographs of their partners. A framed photo of your significant other or of close friends and family can give you a much needed boost on a rough day.

5. Stock up on your own snacks

Having fresh or dehydrated fruit, nuts and other healthy treats at your desk can help prevent snacking on the unhealthy foods in the vending machine or your co-worker’s desk.

6. Make it easy to drink plenty of water

Drinking enough water daily can actually help prevent fatigue, especially in the afternoon.  Keep a water bottle at your desk to help you keep track of your water intake. 32oz of water for the day is the recommended amount.

7. Get rid of the germs

Clean and disinfect your keyboard and mouse regularly.  Studies have shown these items are some of the dirtiest surfaces in the whole office.  A Verilux® CleanWave® Portable Wand is a great tool to have handy to quickly zap germs away.