Posted on 21 Dec, 2016
After the merriment (and in most cases, over consumption) of the festive period, our bodies and minds crave healthiness. Make sure your office wellbeing is a top priority in 2017- in doing so you'll feel happier, increase your productivity and become more creative.
(We mean plants, not margarine.) Not only do they make our workspaces look nice, they do wonders for our mental and physical health too. A study from the University Of Exeter shows that employees are 15% more productive when they work in green environments as plants boost moral and general feelings of wellbeing.
Immersing yourself in the botanical world can also lower your levels of cortisol- the hormone produced by anxiety. Bearing in mind that we spend around 90% of our time indoors, it makes sense to bring a little bit of the outside in.
This serviced office in Paddington is green, ergonomic and organised!
2. Exercise en route
Want to save money whilst protecting environment? Cycling to work could be the answer.
Cycling is a healthy and sustainable way to travel and it promotes feelings of wellbeing; cardiorespiratory exercise helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus and gets the creative juices flowing.
And now's the time to do it: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to make cycling "an easier and safer choice for those living in the capital", as outlined in his Greener, Cleaner London campaign.
If you're an employer, consider signing up to the Cycle to Work scheme- your employees can benefit from tax free bikes. Visit the government's Think! website for advice on how to stay safe on London's busy roads.
3. Listen to podcasts
Podcasts are excellent nuggets of entertainment for people living and commuting in London- if you haven't listened to any yet make it a priority this year. They come in all shapes, sizes and tastes, and are guaranteed to keep you engaged and informed on an otherwise dull commute.
Here are a few popular ones that come highly recommended:
Stuff You Should Know- We live in an age of information overload; it's difficult separate the wheat from the chaff sometimes. This podcast sorts it for you and teaches you about truly fascinating concepts.
Desert Island Discs- The iconic radio 4 programme is available in podcast form too. In each episode, celebrities choose 8 songs they'd take with them to a desert island and discuss their choices with presenter Kirsty Young.
The Adam Buxton Podcast- The writer and comedian 'ramble chats' with the likes of Louis Theroux, Richard Ayoade and Sally Wainwright on topics as trivial as hotel breakfasts and as important as equal rights.
4. Stay hydrated
We're told time and again to drink more water, but how many of us just forget to consume it? We should aim to drink approximately 8 glasses per day. Doing the following makes it easier:
Add ice cubes to plain water, alongside slices of lemon and grated ginger for an extra vitamin boost.
Use apps like Hydro Coach or the aptly named Water Drink Reminder to track your daily consumption.
Find innovate ways to drink water: CanO Water is an environmentally friendly alternative to bottled beverages- it's easy to carry and reusable too.
If you're looking for a new office in London to move into this year, give us a call on 0203 051 1986 to discuss options.