"Mental health in the workplace" is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.
Here are some tips for creating a stress-free work environment
1.Add personal touches. Like "photographs, inspiring artwork, books, a special lamp or a decorative accessory in your favorite color.”
2.Keep your workspace clean and organized. Mess equals stress.
3.Learn to handle or ignore interruptions. Like an irritating colleague or noisy place.
4.Adapt to changes eg physical changes (office layout), or new software or technology (printers, computers, etc.), you’ll have to learn to adapt quickly.
5.Add plants to your desk, office or cubicle. “Integrating plants in the work environment not only beautifies the environment but has been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase positive feelings, decrease room temperature and lower humidity,”
6.Be a good communicator. Poor communication often causes confusion (and therefore, stress) in the office.
7.Incorporate relaxation exercises into your work day eg play soft music, stretch occasionally or go for a walk.
Kill the fluorescent lighting in favor of softer, more ambient lighting, “Yellows promote intellectual activity while blues and greens are more restful. Earth tone colors encourage warmth.”
9.Maintain Work/Life Balance. We now live in a world where technology is available to keep us connected to work around the clock. Work options such as flexible scheduling, telecommuting ought to be implemented if applicable.
10.Take a break whether short or long. ..just explore the world.
“Protect your best asset, which is you, while you work.”