Are you looking after you and your working environment?

Do you have one of those lovely spacious clean offices with a good ambient feeling and lots of natural light pouring through the windows, uplifting pictures on the wall? Or is it cluttered and dowdy with little or no natural light?

I visited a client last year who asked me to sort out their employees as they were not getting along. Well, when I walked into their workplace part of the problem smacked me in the eye! I could hardly get in the door from all the piles of paper, books and dust! The dirty looking 60’s paintwork looked disgusting – you know that sort of weak coffee colour that looks like people have been smoking in there for years.

 Not a welcoming sight or feeling as I entered.  No one came out to great me – no reception, I had to walk into their open plan office which had blue panels separating the six or so staff in there. Talk about bad customer service! 

Their desk spaces were piled high with paperwork and mess, “oh my goodness I thought!” Utter chaos and bad working conditions, they had some windows which were filthy, keeping back the natural light, oh and the worn out brown thin carpet curled at the edges was surely an accident waiting to happen. Not surprising that they weren’t getting along, these awful conditions would be a huge contributor. How do you feel in a cluttered dingy place, miserable and down in the dumps I bet!  You feel so much better when it’s tidy, clean and welcoming right?

Tell me, do you have green plants in your surroundings supplying you with lots of lovely oxygen feeding your brain and making you feel good?

Studies have shown that just adding some greenery such as plants can have major positive benefits for employees and their organisations.

2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, showed significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace. Results included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue.

Have you got air conditioning – in which case you need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water to replenish, as it will dry you out as will your computer screen. Maybe you have one of those big water bottles situated somewhere in your office but how do you know you are drinking enough? I find it easy to see my intake by measuring out the amount of water I should drink each day so that I know I have had enough to feed my brain and my body.  You could set your watch or a small timer to remind you to drink  – we can all get entrenched in our work at times and it’s easy to forget to drink.

If you are feeling tired this can be a sign of not drinking enough. Constipation could be another sign that you need to drink more, and being constantly hungry which will make you over eat and gain weight.  Next time you feel hungry have a good drink of water and see if you are still hungry after a little while as you can be confused into thinking it’s hunger when really its your body asking for fluids.

 Not forgetting the effect lack of fluids will have on your skin – if you don’t want to look like a dried up walnut then drink! Oh and not forgetting that alcohol consumption! Yes it is dehydrating so you need to up your intake of water if you drink alcohol.

 Are you getting enough sleep? This can be a killer and drain you if you’re not. A good eight hours sleep is great to replenish your body, this is when your mind and body has chance to mend all the damage you have inflicted upon it during the day.  Sleep deprivation can seriously effect your every day functioning and health.  Here’s a link to my page about sleep where you can find a podcast to give you some tips on sleep if you need it.  If you would like some tips and techniques to keep your mental wellbeing in your workplace and at home – they both contribute to the way you feel, I am running a 3-hour workshop in Exeter on 26thMarch 2- 5pm – here’s the link to book on. See you there. Teresa.