If there’s anything we need less of at this moment, it is stress. Amirite?
Now more than ever, it’s critical for remote workers to practice self-care and to reduce stress in every aspect of their lives. One way to achieve this is to create a calming environment in the modern-day command center — the home office.
Here’s how we can stifle chaos and invite calm into the home office:
Pick Soothing Colors
Don’t underestimate the power of color in your environment to help reduce stress and promote productivity. Here’s a list of recommended paint colors specifically for your home office.
If you’re renting, or if painting walls isn’t an option right now, you can still find ways to infuse these soothing palettes into your workspace. Treat yourself to a gorgeous painting or tapestry to hang on your wall. Find throw pillows, decorations, and desk accessories in one of these calming colors.
Bonus tip: Find a Zoom background with some of these colors to treat your coworkers to a calming presence in your next meeting.
Call in Nature
Plants provide incredible benefits to any space. In the home office, plants promote better air quality which in turn can help bolster productivity. Plants also require you to pause to water them or prune them, a nurturing activity, and a soothing experience.
There are a variety of plants available, so it might be helpful to work with a local nursery or florist to determine the best fit for the conditions of your home office. And don’t worry if you claim to have a black thumb — you don’t have to be a botanist to keep your new plants alive. We recommend giving these low-maintenance plants a try.
Infuse Calming Crystals
Crystals have been used for centuries to invite positive energies in, as well as to protect us from negative energies. You don’t have to be a spiritual guru to reap the benefits. Crystals are beautiful objects from nature, so simply looking at them can promote positive feelings. In times of stress, touching or rubbing a small crystal (such as on a necklace) can feel calming and be a subtle way to soothe during a stressful meeting or a call.
We love this list from Goop which serves as a basic guide to crystals if you are new to learning about them.
These are simple tips that are also incredibly flexible to incorporate more calm into your home office. Enjoy getting creative and experimenting with your favorite colors, plants, and crystals to preserve your own inner peace during a busy workday.