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Lawyers everywhere are too stressed to relax at work.
But don’t fret!
There is a solution!
Blah! Your Current Workspace
How your work space is set up says a lot about your relaxation efforts. Consider the traditional office:
This just doesn’t cut it for relaxation – it’s too boring.
Monotonous cubicles are worse. They look professional in the traditional sense, but they smother you with a stiff, bland environment. So, are you doing anything to make your work space feel comfortable, engaging… enjoyable? After all, you spend most of your life there! If you need inspiration, try these easy and fun solutions!
You don’t need to go full on feng shui to make your office space relaxing, but the practice does actually provide some useful advice for de-stressing your work space.
If you’re stuck with your current boring furniture, liven it up! Don’t overdo it though – clutter only increases stress levels (this includes paper smothered desks). Instead:
Also, optimize your office necessities. For example, consider investing in a standing desk (cubicles offer these too). These desks reduce the stress caused by all-day sitting. If you like the idea of standing, but not all day, try adjustable desks!
Speaking of keeping things fresh, office friendly plants do just that! The APA has found that office plants not only improve the air quality around you, but also substantially augment your happiness and productivity.
Yes, you read that right: plants make you enjoy working! And, consequently, they allow you to relax.
It’s hard to be stressed when you’re happy!
If you’re lucky enough to have natural light, get creative with it!
Working under incandescent or fluorescent light gets dull. To combat this:
Repainting your office walls might be a challenge. After all, lawyers don’t have much extra time. Instead, think about what you can add.
Certain colors, believe it or not, tend to relax people according to an article in Officevibe. Blue tones have a calming/soothing effect, yellows cheer you up. Don’t only consider these primary colors though – use neutral colors to compliment them (your traditional styled furniture and the entire cubicle counts) and to prevent color harshness. If you need examples, check out this Pinterest board!
The Real Secret
The true secret to creating a relaxing work space is to actually create one that’s psychologically engaging. The mind is a complex thing that, to be at ease, needs a connection to something. That’s why you decorate your home – you’re connected to it and because of this, you’re relaxed. It’s the same for your office space. Now that you have some inspiration and ideas, try it out for yourself – your mind will thank you later!
Most important thing is something to break up the white walls, a few plants, and a comfortable chair. That's worth a million dollars.