Creating a Calming Home Office Haven
Have you ever noticed how you feel calm and relaxed when on the beach, or by the ocean? This isn’t an illusion – studies have shown that people feel less stressed when by the sea, in fact, research done by the Journal of Coastal Management found that people generally felt more positive when by the sea too. So why not bring this feeling of wellbeing into your home office space? Create a calming home office with these tips.
Install an aquarium
You can’t bring the ocean into your working environment, however, you can see the fish by installing an aquarium in your home office. They have significant health benefits. Researchers from the National Marine Aquarium and the University of Exeter conducted a study and found that participants felt significantly happier, and more relaxed when they watched fish swimming in a tank. It is the perfect medicine for a stressful day at the office. As the four-week study continued, the researchers added more fish, and the benefits rose. Participants recorded having lower blood pressure and recorded a meaningful reduction in heart rate, proving that there are clearly health benefits to having a fish tank in a workspace
Listen to the ocean
Another way to achieve a calming home office is by adding nature sounds. They are proven to help you to relax and stay calm. Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical school investigated the connection between the body, the brain and background noise. They monitored heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, temperature, and digestion. They played artificial sounds, as well as natural sounds, including recordings of the ocean. They found that people with high levels of stress at the beginning of the study reported the biggest benefits of relaxation. The sounds also improved focus and concentration. In your office space, you can play ocean sounds playlists from Spotify, Apple Music, or other streaming services.
Play ocean videos
If you work in a busy city, but you can create calm through sound. Simply play ocean and beach videos on your office monitor or television. The National Geographic has a series of ocean and underwater videos on YouTube. You can even watch the sea turtles and whales during your lunch break. It’s a really effective and inexpensive way of bringing the outside into your working environment.
Your home office doesn’t have to be four walls, desks and computers. Even if you are hundreds of miles from the ocean, you can still feel like you are dipping your toes into the sea.
Please share your thoughts and comments
What do you think of these tips? Do you feel that bringing the ocean into your home office would be beneficial to you? Do you have any ideas to add to create the ideal home office? Please share your wisdom with us in the comment box below!
Special thanks for the contribution from freelance writer Jess Walter.