For those used to an office environment, working from home can be a difficult adjustment. Without careful consideration, the boundaries between work and home life can easily become blurred.
To keep your personal and professional worlds mentally separate in the same physical space, it's important to set the right environment both for work and play. Here's four tips for setting the right tone:
There is nothing better than a spring clean and ridding your living environment of unnecessary mess. It works wonders for clearing the head and channeling focus and calm.
If you’re fearful of decluttering or a bit of a hoarder, remember that clearing up doesn't have to mean binning bags of possessions, but rather about finding creative solutions for keeping unruly belongings at bay.
Dual-use furnishings such as bedside cabinets, ottomans and coffee tables with drawers will allow you to store away items when they’re not needed. If your room is full sentimental knick-knacks, try a more organised approach to displaying your memories with carefully selected photos in minimalist wall-mounted frames, or by creating a memory board.
2. Let nature in
Not only do house plants improve the air quality of our homes, they can be instrumental in increasing a sense of wellbeing. It is thought that having a plant to care for in the home can help us feel more in touch with nature, and even help us to sleep better.
Succulents and spider plants offer a low maintenance solution to your plant needs, helping to bring a breath of fresh air to your surroundings and keep you feeling switched-on and productive.
3. Make your bedroom a haven from work
Our bedrooms are where we spend time relaxing and recharging - and right now, it's more important than ever to have a restful sanctuary. Leave your project deadlines and your office emails at the door!
To bring a sense of peace to your surroundings, introduce a muted colour palette of sage greens and pale greys. Pastel colours such as rose quartz also work well to create calm, and give the room a soft, fresh feel. Instead of harsh overhead lights, use lamps or candles to provide ambient lighting, which can help to ease stress, allowing for a more relaxing sleep.
When it comes to sleeping, adopting mindful habits and good sleep hygiene will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed in the morning. Switch off distracting technology well before bedtime, and clear any clutter from around your bed.
4. Use sensory cues to relax in the evening
When we think about styling our home, we often think only about the visuals, but it’s also a good idea to consider our other senses too. This is even more important when working from home, where sensory changes can prompt our brains to process the shift from work time to relaxation.
For instance, at the end of the working day, try setting a new tone with a fragrance - consider scented candles or essential oils in soothing scents such as lavender or bergamot.
In your living room or bedroom, soft furnishings such as a blanket throw, comfortable pillows or a fluffy rug promote a calming sensory environment.