• Jess Lee

5 wellness ways to increase productivity.

Nowadays, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be constantly firing on all cylinders – work, play, family, fitness, diet, re-emerging social lives. If we’re not winning at everything, negative thoughts start creeping in. Well, stop the clock; you’re not alone. Here are 5 easy ways to win at wellness.

1. Plants

As well as making your workspace look luscious, houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen – as verified (and appreciated) by astronauts spending months living in space. This process refines the air, helping our brains to work more efficiently; which is no doubt particularly invaluable when orbiting the moon. Boston Fern, English Ivy, and Bamboo Palm are in NASA’s top 10 recommended air-purifiers. Taking care of a houseplant and watching it flourish, or even just breathing in the scent of fresh flowers, decreases your cortisol (stress) levels and delivers a feeling of calmness and connection with the natural world. Houseplants also look fabulous on Zoom calls.

2. Buddy up

Positivity breeds positivity. Giving and receiving support and encouragement in any aspect of our life makes us feel happier, appreciated, and energized. So why not buddy up with a colleague, exchanging encouraging and supportive messages? Remind them that they’re doing what they’re doing because they’re great at it. Being told you’re awesome makes you feel awesome, and when you feel awesome you’re going to smash it!

3. Switch off

Who else checks their work emails during ad breaks, whilst waiting for a coffee, when you pop to the loo, or settle your toddler off for the umpteenth time? We are so conditioned to always being online that we’ve forgotten how to just be. Instead of staring into space and letting our thoughts drift, talking to an actual person, or letting our imaginations soar, we immediately reach for our screens. Leave your phone in the kitchen when you hit the sack and read a book instead of trawling through Twitter. Wake up to an old-fashioned alarm clock. You’ve earned your You Time; don’t waste it on YouTube…

4. Chocolate

It’s common knowledge that dark chocolate contains cell-saving antioxidants. But did you know that cocoa also contains flavonoids that increase nitric oxide production, opening blood vessels and allowing more oxygen flow to the brain? Plus mood-boosting theobromine which can lower blood pressure? The endorphins we get from cocoa are similar to those we feel after exercising. So, what’ll it be: 25 burpees or a bar of Green & Black’s?

5. Have fun

Incorporating some fun into your working day is essential to your wellbeing. If you are happy, your mood will filter through to people you have contact with, making everyone’s day brighter. You could take a Campfire 5-minute quiz with colleagues, spend 15 minutes actually cooking (rather than microwaving) lunch, FaceTime a friend or teach your old dog a new trick. Whatever floats your boat. Don’t feel guilty about taking a few minutes out of your day to recalibrate and breathe. You’re not slacking off, you’re recharging.

In summary

Here’s a top tip from Leonardo da Vinci:

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.”

We’d love you to get in touch, so drop us a line and let us know how you unwind! Whether it’s running a marathon, eating a Snickers (other snacks available :), listening to loud and unfashionable 80s rock, or chatting with your Gran. Perhaps you’re into needlepoint, pickling, or glass-blowing, or are thoroughly enjoying learning Mandarin. Maybe you sit and watch Gogglebox. Or maybe your Guinea pig is your world. We can guarantee you’ll get no judgment from us.