As we welcome 2022 with open arms, working remotely continues to be the new norm for many employees — or perhaps it’s always been your norm as an entrepreneur. In fact, Upwork reported that remote work is expected to double over the next five years compared to pre-pandemic times, with an estimated 36.2 million Americans working from home by 2025.
While working from home has its many perks (i.e. saving gas money and commute time), you may be starting to feel a hint of cabin fever. The solution: it’s time to give your at-home office a little extra TLC! After all, you are spending the majority of your time there so you want it to feel good to you. Whether you’re working from home full time or a few days a week, today on the Vibrant Health blog we’re sharing four simple ways to bring more joy into your home office this year.
Clean Up Your Desk
January 11th is National Clean Your Desk Day — your friendly reminder to get more organized now. As we enter 2022, January is the perfect time to start the New Year on a fresh note and get things in order.
This could include decluttering your drawers, sorting through files, tossing old items (like that snack wrapper you’ve had for far too long), or wiping down all the surfaces in your office. Clear the clutter in order to make room for new energy to flow!
Feng Shui Your Space
Speaking of new energy, now that your space is clean it’s time to incorporate a little feng shui — to ensure the energy in your home office flows freely in a way that supports you (and your work). Your work environment should inspire you rather than make you feel stressed or constricted.
While cleaning out the clutter is the first step, you’ll also want to be intentional with your environment. For starters, adorn your office space with items that support the way you want to feel such as plants, candles, a motivating playlist or even a calming salt lamp.
Take a Break
Working from home is still work, so it’s important to squeeze in breaks just as you would in the office. Consider unplugging for your lunch break or even bringing your meal outside for a change of scenery. Mini breaks throughout the day to sip water, stretch or take a few deep breaths can also be helpful to infuse more mindfulness into your workday.
Have Nourishing Snacks on Hand
Food is love — and one surefire way to bring more joy into your workspace is by fueling your body with foods that nourish you. Start your morning with an energizing breakfast like this Berries & Cream smoothie you can easily mix up in a Blender Bottle right at your desk. And keep a reusable water bottle with you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
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