Feng Shui for Your Office

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Create an Office Environment that Nurtures and Inspires

Do you work in an office? If so, chances are that you spend more of your waking hours there than any place else. Studies by behavioral psychologists and cellular biologists have proven that your surroundings greatly affect your body, mind, and spirit. It goes to follow then, that the more time you spend in your office, the more it will influence your overall health and happiness. Fortunately feng shui has a lot of easy, yet powerful ways for you to create an optimal office space. I’m sharing five of them with you here.

1. Sit so you can see the door
Your survival instincts relax when you feel that you have control over your surroundings. Placing your desk so that you have a clear view of the door will allow you to focus on the task at hand without being concerned about what is going on behind you. If your desk is situated so you can’t see the door and it can’t be moved, purchase a computer “rear view mirror”. These are available online and at office supply stores. They attach to the computer monitor to allow you to see what is going on behind you without having to turn around.
2. Add Plants to Your Space
Studies by environmental psychologists prove that when plants are added to a work environment productivity goes up and moods are elevated. Some plants even work to clean the air and mitigate electromagnetic fields. Make sure the plant stays healthy. “Lucky” Bamboo are easy to take care of (just add water) and are pretty hardy too, so if you don’t have a green thumb, you might try adding one of those.

3. Minimize Sharp Corners and Points
Right angles don’t exist in nature and sharp corners and points make us feel defensive and less relaxed. When choosing plants, furniture, and décor for your office space, be sure to opt for soft edges and rounded corners. It will make a huge difference on the way the space feels.
4. Use full-spectrum Light
If you have a window in your office, consider yourself very fortunate. Exposure to natural light during the day helps our bodies regulate hormone levels and moods. Partial-spectrum artificial lighting can increase eye strain, headaches, depression, and irritability. If you have to sit under partial spectrum (particularly traditional fluorescent lighting) all day it is very important to increase your exposure to natural light. One way to do this is to take breaks and go outside throughout the day. Another way to do this is to replace partial-spectrum (traditional) lighting with full-spectrum light bulbs. Full-spectrum light bulbs mimic the natural light spectrum and help improve physical and mental health. This is particularly important if you work in an office with no windows. If you can’t actually change the overhead lights in your office, then purchase an inexpensive full-spectrum task light for your desk and use that. Click here for a link to purchase one.
5. Choose Natural Materials
Humans have lived in nature since we first walked on earth. It has been only a very short period of time that we’ve spend most of our time indoors. Our bodies are hardwired to respond positively to the natural environment. Most office spaces are full of manmade materials (plastic, nylon, glass, metal, etc.), which do nothing to make a person feel relaxed and nurtured. To balance all the manmade materials in an office setting, choose furniture made from wood, artwork that depicts nature, and natural items like plants, stones and water fountains. Natural materials lower stress levels and help us feel more positively about our surroundings.
These are only five ways you can create a more optimal office environment. To learn more, please take my Feng Shui for the Office Online Class. It’s full of great information that you’re sure to find interesting! Click here to find out more.

Copyright Cathleen McCandless, All Rights Reserved

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