Originally published on January 22, 2015. This post contains affiliate links.
In Part 1, we discussed eliminating toxins from your environment, whether through TV, social media or on our phones/tablets.
What about our physical environment? Look at your surroundings right now.
What can be rearranged/tossed out/replaced? If you work in an office think about your work setting. (Take a peek at my Pinterest board for office decorating ideas).
Aesthetics are important in a therapeutic setting. I don’t have a desk blocking my view of clients because it can affect building trust and rapport. Desks are physical barriers. I prefer an open and comfortable setting. Here are some ideas to consider:
- When was the last time you updated the pictures in your frames?
- Is your screensaver ALWAYS THE SAME? You won’t be considered a bad parent if you change your computer’s screen to a beach picture, or whatever distant location suits your fancy!
- Could your workspace use a new air freshener or scent? This applies whether you work from home or at an office. Just be sure that you’re not lighting up a cinnamon candle in a cubicle!
I researched some tips on physical environments. According to an article by Dr. Loretta Lanphier ND, CCN, HHP, decluttering your office environment can be therapeutic (which is a component of self-care). Aromatherapy, especially lavender essential oils in particular, can help reduce computer errors by at least 25%.
Further research also shows the benefits of adding Feng Shui and plants to office or work environments. Some plants are known to help reduce the amount of toxins in the air. For futher information I have provided the link for the article below.
REMEMBER, GARBAGE IN-GARBAGE OUT!
Enlist the help of a friend or co-worker who has a work space you secretly envy. I’m sure they would be appreciative that you are seeking their advice!
Here is a picture of some additions I made to my office. I picked up this canvas picture during a holiday sale. It was originally $14.99 and with end-of-the-year discounts, the total was $4.50. Below this is a picture frame I purchased at a hobby store. I am using the glass as a wipe off board to provide quotes or journal prompts for my clients. I place important materials within their view and I seem to get a positive response from this.
This week’s purge is not restricted to offices or your work environment. Think of closet space, junk drawers (ugh don’t even get me started on this one) and the trunk of your car. If you think of an area that you visit (the trunk, a certain drawer, or closet) and it makes you shudder when you see it, you probably need to purge that. The beginning of the year is prime time for sales on storage bins and organizational tools. The pictures below are just a few items I found on Amazon! (affiliate)
If you really want to venture out, think of items in your home that you could sell! Facebook has group pages for local yard sales or private sales for household items. Craigslist, Ebay and Poshmark are sites where you can make some extra money on used clothing and items. Donate gently used clothes to local women’s shelters or your church and donate old blankets to animal shelters or rescue foundations.
This purge may sound exhausting but my purpose here is to help you reconsider the benefits of reducing toxins in your environment. Having a physical area that is pleasing to the eye and to all the senses can be therapeutic, rejuvenating and may provide motivation to work more efficiently!
WHAT WILL YOU COMMIT TO?
BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR GOAL. IT’S NOT A “RESOLUTION” RIGHT?