Wellness

Home Office Wellness

Still working from home and while you love it, your mood and productivity levels aren’t quite where you want them to be? Look no further. Incorporating the basic principles of biophilic design, or the science of pairing nature with your surroundings, can help create a healthier, more efficient, productive, and mentally invigorating space to work in.

Focusing on your mental and physical well-being, biophilic design uses various elements to help us reconnect with nature. Adding effects, like natural light and sounds, to your home or office can help relieve stress, boost your mood, and invigorate senses.

Natural Light

Natural light helps reset our circadian rhythm, so we feel more energized in the morning. It can also help to boost our moods throughout the day, so when you’re setting up your work-from-home space, consider the brightest spot in your home that will bring in natural light.

HoMedics Hack:

The natural glow of the SoundSpa Sunrise mimics the sun rising in your room in the morning. Rather than a blaring alarm clock, you can wake gently at the start of your day.

Natural Sounds and Scents

Like any other sense, sound and scent can affect your mood. Consider opening your windows as you work to let in natural, refreshing scents and soothing sounds of birds, wind, or water.

HoMedics Hack:

If you live in an urban environment and don’t feel comfortable opening your windows to let unwanted sounds, scents, and pollution in, we’ve got you covered. The SoundSpa Slumber Scents features 6 soothing nature sounds and a built-in essential oil diffuser so you can enjoy your favorite scents as you work. Plus, keep your indoor air healthy with an air purifier made for the size of your work-from-home space.

Further Elements

A few other tricks to keep your at-home workspace working for you include adding plants to boost your mood, textures that you’d find in nature to keep your mind captivated throughout the day, and incorporate furniture that has been made of natural resources, like bamboo or wood.

Sources

Biophilic Design: How to Enhance Physical and Psychological Health and Wellbeing in our Built Environments; Bettina Bolten and Giuseppe Barbiero: https://www.univda.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/13-Visions-11-16.pdf

Simple ways to apply biophilic design at home with Habitat; Cate St Hill: https://catesthill.com/2019/07/25/biophilic-design-at-home/