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Find More Happiness While Working at Home

Most of us know that working at home can result in depression and increased stress. I’d like to share some ways to improve your home working environment from a BBC article.

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Let in natural light.

Let in natural light. Sunlight triggers serotonin release in the brain. That in turn helps people be more focused and feel calmer; it also improves mood and reduces anxiety. What you can do:

  • move your desk near a window
  • clean windows inside and out
  • use mirrors to reflect sunlight

Reduce noise. Noise distracts from work. Idea: Try ear plugs or noise-reducing headphones.

Declutter. Clutter can increase cortisol, the stress hormone, due to over-stimulation. Excessive cortisol can result in headaches, disrupted sleep, anxiety and depression. Idea: Having trouble decluttering? Marie Kondo’s books, website, and videos can help.

Stand Up. Exercise releases endorphins. It increases mental and physical energy, reduces anxiety, and improves well-being. What you can do:

  • sit and stand alternately
  • take breaks
  • go for a walk
  • get a standing desk
  • exercise regularly

Get some plants. Connecting with nature can reduce anxiety and stress, blood pressure, and rumination while improving memory and sleep. What you can do:

  • get some plants, other natural objects and images of nature
  • take breaks and look out the window at the nature around you

Get social contact. Humans are social animals and many of us miss the social contact from work. Find ways to connect with people safely. Ideas:

  • find someone to walk with
  • connect with friends, family, and neighbors by phone or video chat

Check out the BBC article.


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Author: Martha Childers

Martha Childers, EdS, LPC is a multicultural psychotherapist specializing in couples, grief and caregiver stress. Martha is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and Kansas. She received her masters and education specialist degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She practiced Zen through a variety of Japanese traditional arts for 3-1/2 years. Since that time, mindfulness has been an integral part of her life. Her interest in human nature, beliefs, and life styles led her to become a counselor.

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