As a mental health counselor working from home, I can say that office is an important part of my life. With the pandemic, many people started to work from home and it has slowly become our new normal. However, I probably don’t need to tell you that it can be incredibly hard to keep a work/life balance when you work from home. There are way too many distractions. The main challenge is to stay focused and to treat a home office as it is – work.

When it comes down to organizing your workspace, simplicity is key. The way your home office is will in many ways define how your working hours will go, how well you will be able to focus, and even how much you will actually enjoy what you do. So here are my personal tips on how to create your “dream home office” that will do both: work for your mental health and increase your productivity.

Create a designated place for work to improve your mental health

One of the most important things about a home office is that it has to be somehow separated from other areas of your home. The last thing you want is to work from your bed or a living room couch. With time, your brain will get used to it, and it will become incredibly hard to separate your personal life from work, relax and unwind.

If you don’t have a room for your office, create a little “nook” for work only, if possible. Ikea has interesting ideas or simply browse on Pinterest.

Keep your home office minimal and organized

Keeping your workspace clean and clutter-free is going to be beneficial for your mental health.

Visual clutter may contribute to your already existing stress. You want to create a space that doesn’t overwhelm you. Put stuff away, especially work-related stuff: documents, sketches, notes, and even to-do lists (when you are trying to focus on one task). There are people who are inspired by chaos, but the majority of us are not. 

Also, you want to know where everything is. Looking for documents or notes that you need in the middle of accomplishing the task is the worst! So keep them well-organized. Using a label maker can be helpful. 

Add personal touch

Whether you are creative or not, it’s always nice to have something in your office that sparks your creativity (or joy) or simply reminds you of who you are. It can be a picture of your loved ones or pets, some knick-knacks brought from the places you have visited, or your favorite painting. Add your personal touch to your space to make it cozy and keep you grounded. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Remember, we still want to keep it minimal.

My Office

Allow natural light in your home office for mental health

I know that some people may prefer to work in the dark but natural light is good for boosting mood and productivity. Let’s leave darkness for those cozy nights!

Surround yourself with plants

Plants are life! Literally! I love both, pot flowers and fresh flowers. They add a nice touch to the room and as a bonus, they purify air. It’s also believed some indoor plants absorb electromagnetic radiation.

Bringing small pieces of nature home is therapeutic for the soul. It can boost your mood and remind you that you probably should go outside after a long busy day.

Share below how you organize your office. What is important for your mental health?

~ Tren

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