Setting Up Your Office for “Health”
If you happen to be a working person and spend most of your day say one third to one half in office only. Then you should take up your office as just like your home and should arrange it nicely. This is true that we do not have much control over the buildings we work in, but if we are able to understand the problems which may effect we will help us to take corrective measures and that way we can improve our environment. Listed below are ten helpful tips, which will help you to make your office environment conducive to good health and well-being, and this will ultimately give benefits to you as well as to your company.
Select an ergonomically correct chair: you should have a chair which is comfortable and also can be adjusted in height and at arms. While typing on a computer you should sit erect with feet flat on the floor and your arms should be at a 90-degree angle. Do not strain or stretch to reach your computer, this way you are putting stress on the back and shoulder area. This kind of chair may appear to be costly at first, but in the long run it will cost much less than spending time at the chiropractor.
Have more green plants in your office: Plants not only add to the beauty of your surroundings but they also clean pollutants out of the air because they add oxygen and humidity to the indoor environment. According to some latest studies, however, that they may add more than just color and interest. They help to filter the air and also help in fighting the common diseases related to high-tech ill, sick building. Some very interesting results have come out of the study done by NASA Space Administration in America. As per the tests conducted over two years by Dr. B.C. Wolverton at the Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi, the common houseplants are able to convert chemical air pollutants into harmless substances. Ivy, one of the smallest houseplants, is very effective in cleaning air of toxins, especially benzene and TCE. Another very beneficial houseplant is Chrysanthemum. For improving the purity of air in your office you can have a number of plants in your office. These plants may include Peace Lilies and Parlor Palms. Some of the other pollutant removing plants are Dracaena, Dracaena Warnecki and Dracaena Janet Craig. You can also be benefited by plants like Chinese evergreen and the humble Philoderdron.
Proper lighting: as per studies the natural light is very helpful in increasing human productivity and also reduces the fatigue and stress. You should replace the fluorescent tubes with full-spectrum tubes. By this you will be able to add more to your environment and well-being. The light emitted by Full spectrum lighting is very similar to natural sun light. According to studies this Full spectrum lighting system provides you with true and vibrant colors and also has many benefits for you. These benefits may be include less eye fatigue, mood improvement, reduction in stress levels, slowing of aging of retina and also reduces glare.
Practice Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy means the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical health. The aroma of the natural oil arouses the mind to response quickly. The natural chemicals of the essential oil are drawn into the lungs and this way gives you some physical befits also. Aromatherapy is very helpful in improving physical condition, helpful with symptoms, freshens the mood and also very helpful in reducing or removing stress. It is said that computer errors can be reduced by about 25%, if you scent your office with Lavender essential oil. If you have an aromatherapy diffuser in your office you can avail the benefits of a blend prepared by 2 drops of lemon, orange or bergamot; 2 drops of grapefruit; 1 drop ylang, rose or neroli. You can have 20 drops of this blend by multiplying it with 4. You can put your oils in the dark colored glass bottle and now roll the bottle between your hands for mixing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding the appropriate number of drops of your created blend to your diffuser. You can also take help of internet for different recipes available on the net to use them during cold and flu season when “office-air” can be extremely contagious.
Requirement of quality air in offices: According to the EPA, indoor air quality is the United States’ biggest environmental health problem and also six out of ten buildings are in the category of sick. Most of the pollutants found in the air remain floating on dust particles. According to a study conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, ionizing a room led to 52% less dust in the air, and 95% less bacteria in the air. Another study was carried out by the U.S.D.A. which was related to test the effectiveness of negative ionization at removing airborne Salmonella Enteritidis. This study confirmed that the negative ions drastically reduced the airborne salmonella particles. After this the U.S.D.A. released a statement “a negative ion air purifier is recommended for every office. These equipments are portable and can be mounted on a credenza or desk and more importantly less costly.
Necessity of EMF Protection: The energies from electromagnetic fields are very harmful to human. These energies may be emitted in and around your office by high tension wires, industrial radar, microwave beams, electric current, computers, cell phones, televisions, fluorescent lights and other electrical appliances. In case someone is sleeping or working in an area of electromagnetic frequency, these can develop a constant source of stress (altering body polarity), which may further result in fatigue, frustration, tension and illness. This exposure may also include chronic aches and pains, sleep disorders, irritability, low energy and general malaise and may lead to more serious health situations such as cancer. These types of energy fields, in fact, numb or dull receiving an understanding power of our senses. These energy fields also affect our brain wave activities. As per the studies, mild depression in many subjects with the disruption of melatonin, dopamine, and serotonin levels have also been caused by electromagnetic fields (EMF). There are many EMF protection equipments which can be placed in office or can be put on computer. Safe Space II is strongly recommended. This equipment is designed to neutralize harmful electromagnetic fields, geopathic disturbances, as well as other detrimental vibrational energies in environments. It is a holographic grid frame (enclosed behind a glass) of 2” x 2” and can be placed at any surface or can be attached to a computer monitor. This device protects an area around this in the radius of 9’.
Choice of colors: color therapy has its origins in ancient Egypt. According to scientific studies, colors affect the emotional feelings of an individual. This reaction differs with every individual. But the fact is that the colors have an effect on all of us. The importance of colors have been investigated and these results have been utilized in merchandizing, selling, home decorating, the workplace environment, industry, plant growth, nutrition, physics, physiology, psychology, ecclesiasticism and art. Colors are part and parcel of our lives so much so that we take the colors for granted. Ceratin colors are very useful in office such as 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.
Choice of music in the office: nowadays playing some background music in offices is a trend. There many effects of playing music in the offices. Music may affect emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills. In some offices music is used to mask the sounds, irrespective of the source of music, it can be radio or piped music. Music is utilized in offices to stimulate mind while performing some tedious tasks. Music is also used in offices to reduce stress. But some people are of other opinion and think that music in the office is intensely annoying, especially if it is too loud or inappropriate. In my view a soft and soothing music is very much necessary for an office. You find this kind of music on the CD’s available in the market or search on the internet.
Importance of breaks during work: short breaks are very much necessary. A person with a very good concentration also needs at least two breaks in a day. A change in scenery also brings a change to the emotions. A ten minute stroll outside is very helpful in suppressing any stress and also very helpful in recharging your body with fresh energy. Take deep breaths while observing your surroundings. This all will give you fresh lease of energy and will add up to vitamin D production. Take a walk and concentrate on clearing your mind. This walking will help greatly the blood circulation and the lymphatic system flowing.
Keep your office well-organized: to have a look in to the Feng Shui is a great idea. Feng Shui is basically an environmental science and gives guidance on how to create a supportive and comfortable environment. For example, according to Feng Shui, water energy plays an important role. An atmosphere of calmness and peacefulness is created in the office if you have installed a small fountain in the office. Always keep your office neat, clean and well organized. There are no excuses for a dirty and unorganized office. Before packing up, make sure that your desk is well arranged and ready for the next day. A well-arranged and neat desk enhances your thinking power and also reduces stress. You should develop the habit of putting things back to their place after use.
By spending a little extra time, effort and money to improve your office environment will pay back in terms of good health. It is also very true that you take extra care of your health while you are away from office by taking a healthy diet, exercising the body and mind, taking good supplementation and getting adequate rest. This all work in combination to keep you healthy. It is very important for you to have appositive attitude when you are on the path of good health and negative attitude is always destructive. Desire, determination and discipline in every aspect of your life are very much essential for maintaining sound health.