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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 18, 2020 by Brittany Raine

Working from Home: How to Create a Home Office Oasis—and Increase Productivity

Personal Growth
Perspective
Renewal

It’s a digitally-driven world, and if you’re an employee, you’re probably working from home right now. The daily schedule for a WFH employee has quickly become redefined. Let's look at the home office: The desk is the kitchen table. The break room, whatever room you feel like that day. Zoom is the new meeting room and workplace. And your fellow employee helping you with time management and knocking your desk lamp over may have 4 paws and more concerned with finding the sun than any other task at hand. In this day and age, how can you organize your at-home workspace to be a beacon of productivity, a flexible environment, and most of all a room you actually want to commute to for work each day? 

Whether you’re working in your studio apartment, remotely meeting in your mega-mansion, completing a task in a tiny home or discussing your job with your employer from your parents' house, we've put together the following tips in an employee guide to working from home, retaining productivity, keeping focus, and finding a workspace that keeps you focused (and accomplished).  

Desk
Dedicate (and decorate) an “office” area.  

While all of us might not have an at-home desk or office for our work from home jobs, it’s essential to have an appropriate working area that is both productive and flexible. Regardless of space size, establishing a motivational, no-nonsense workplace will help create personal and professional boundaries and keep your focus on track, task list in order, and work in order. Since you're working remotely, treat this area like you would if your job was still at the office—organize it regularly, maybe a file cabinet, a motivational "I'm the boss" sign, etc. You know what we're talking about. Trust us, you’ll feel even more official when you take your next video conference call.   
  

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Desk
Dedicate (and decorate) an “office” area.  

While all of us might not have an at-home desk or office for our work from home jobs, it’s essential to have an appropriate working area that is both productive and flexible. Regardless of space size, establishing a motivational, no-nonsense workplace will help create personal and professional boundaries and keep your focus on track, task list in order, and work in order. Since you're working remotely, treat this area like you would if your job was still at the office—organize it regularly, maybe a file cabinet, a motivational "I'm the boss" sign, etc. You know what we're talking about. Trust us, you’ll feel even more official when you take your next video conference call.   
  

Window view
Let the natural light in.   

A benefit of natural light is to alleviate any angst you may have from being indoors. Choose a space to work that offers natural light—and fresh air, if the weather allows. You won’t have to deal with those flickering fluorescent office lights, and you’ll reap the real benefit of natural light—upping your Vitamin D intake, warding off seasonal depression, making you happier, and your space, brighter. Opening the shades will keep you connected to the outside world and invite a little nature into your home. Remember to have a backup spot, though, in case backlighting becomes an issue when you’re on video. 

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Window view
Let the natural light in.   

A benefit of natural light is to alleviate any angst you may have from being indoors. Choose a space to work that offers natural light—and fresh air, if the weather allows. You won’t have to deal with those flickering fluorescent office lights, and you’ll reap the real benefit of natural light—upping your Vitamin D intake, warding off seasonal depression, making you happier, and your space, brighter. Opening the shades will keep you connected to the outside world and invite a little nature into your home. Remember to have a backup spot, though, in case backlighting becomes an issue when you’re on video. 

dog in kitchen
Standup, disconnect, and schedule Savasana.  

When you’re working from home, and your commute is from your bedroom to your home office, it’s easy to get sucked into sitting all day—heads down at your desk going through your work email and never leaving your home office. Try creating a “zen zone,” adjacent to your workspace, but within sight (it will remind you to take a break). Roll out a yoga mat/blanket/towel and surround it with whatever helps you to focus and be present—no work materials allowed. Take advantage of the wellness space you’ve created by closing your computer at least two times a day to get working on a few yoga poses (these seven are fantastic) and take advantage of these ahh-mazing stretches. Your mind and body will thank you.  

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dog in kitchen
Standup, disconnect, and schedule Savasana.  

When you’re working from home, and your commute is from your bedroom to your home office, it’s easy to get sucked into sitting all day—heads down at your desk going through your work email and never leaving your home office. Try creating a “zen zone,” adjacent to your workspace, but within sight (it will remind you to take a break). Roll out a yoga mat/blanket/towel and surround it with whatever helps you to focus and be present—no work materials allowed. Take advantage of the wellness space you’ve created by closing your computer at least two times a day to get working on a few yoga poses (these seven are fantastic) and take advantage of these ahh-mazing stretches. Your mind and body will thank you.  

music
Turn up the tunes. 

Sitting in complete silence, tapping away on your laptop, or be dialed into conference calls all day can weigh on you, especially if you’re coming from a lively work environment. If you’re alone and WFH, take advantage of that Bluetooth speaker or record player by tuning in and jamming out to some upbeat songs. Spontaneous dance party, anyone? Whether it’s turning up Tycho’s futuristic, multi-sensory musical experience, belting it out to Celine, bouncing to Biggie, or rocking to the Rolling Stones, trying diving into new (and old) playlists—we have quite a few WFH faves. You might even find working to music more powerful and invigorating than that fifth cup of coffee you’re sipping on.

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music
Turn up the tunes. 

Sitting in complete silence, tapping away on your laptop, or be dialed into conference calls all day can weigh on you, especially if you’re coming from a lively work environment. If you’re alone and WFH, take advantage of that Bluetooth speaker or record player by tuning in and jamming out to some upbeat songs. Spontaneous dance party, anyone? Whether it’s turning up Tycho’s futuristic, multi-sensory musical experience, belting it out to Celine, bouncing to Biggie, or rocking to the Rolling Stones, trying diving into new (and old) playlists—we have quite a few WFH faves. You might even find working to music more powerful and invigorating than that fifth cup of coffee you’re sipping on.

Plug in and power up the diffuser. 

In a time of change, uncertainty, and chaos, stress can manifest in many ways. It’s essential to find calm in your every day, and that can be hard when you’re dealing with everything—including panicked co-workers and endless virtual meetings. So, what better way to clear the negative air than with essential oils? From boosting your immune system, to managing stress, to increasing your overall mood, a few drops in your diffuser can make a huge difference. And if you’re like me and think it’s never too early for pumpkin spice everything, check out these blends. Plug in your diffuser within a few feet of your WFH workspace for optimal soothing scents, all workday long.

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Plug in and power up the diffuser. 

In a time of change, uncertainty, and chaos, stress can manifest in many ways. It’s essential to find calm in your every day, and that can be hard when you’re dealing with everything—including panicked co-workers and endless virtual meetings. So, what better way to clear the negative air than with essential oils? From boosting your immune system, to managing stress, to increasing your overall mood, a few drops in your diffuser can make a huge difference. And if you’re like me and think it’s never too early for pumpkin spice everything, check out these blends. Plug in your diffuser within a few feet of your WFH workspace for optimal soothing scents, all workday long.

desk plants
Bring the outdoors, in.

A little green never hurt anybody, especially when being inside is becoming the new norm. Make your WFH experience an urban oasis with (drumroll, please) plants! Succulents, ferns, aloe, a plethora of foliage—the list goes on and on. Plants will freshen your air and give you a little *extra* company as you WFH. Where our plant ladies at? Try contacting your local nursery or flower shop to see if they are open and schedule a quiet time to swing by and support your neighborhood business. If going outside right now isn’t possible for you, check out brands like The Sill to find a plant (or two) that can be delivered right to your door. And if you have a brown thumb—hey, we aren’t judging—search for some faux greenery on Amazon. Real or fake, plants can help add a little color to your space (and give your co-workers plant envy on those Zoom calls). Don’t forget a desk-sized one for your new WFH workspace!   


How are you building your WFH sanctuary? We want to know! Please share your tips, tricks, and creative ideas when it comes to making your home happening, and tag @mindbody on Instagram! 

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desk plants
Bring the outdoors, in.

A little green never hurt anybody, especially when being inside is becoming the new norm. Make your WFH experience an urban oasis with (drumroll, please) plants! Succulents, ferns, aloe, a plethora of foliage—the list goes on and on. Plants will freshen your air and give you a little *extra* company as you WFH. Where our plant ladies at? Try contacting your local nursery or flower shop to see if they are open and schedule a quiet time to swing by and support your neighborhood business. If going outside right now isn’t possible for you, check out brands like The Sill to find a plant (or two) that can be delivered right to your door. And if you have a brown thumb—hey, we aren’t judging—search for some faux greenery on Amazon. Real or fake, plants can help add a little color to your space (and give your co-workers plant envy on those Zoom calls). Don’t forget a desk-sized one for your new WFH workspace!   


How are you building your WFH sanctuary? We want to know! Please share your tips, tricks, and creative ideas when it comes to making your home happening, and tag @mindbody on Instagram! 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!