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How To Create A Healthy And Functional Home Office

Here it is: the moment you’ve waited for so long finally has arrived. There’s a thrill in the air as you get to set up your own home office as a writer. While some call it a small office home office (SOHO), we’ll call it the incubator of that which you were created to be.

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There’s A Problem Though


If your home office isn’t set up properly, it will soon turn into a glorified cell block and start affecting your health as well as your peace of mind. Our article below covers some vitally important things you need to know that help create the health-inducing and creative environment that you need to be your best–for yourself, your family and your writing career as well.


Quiet Workspace


Privacy free from interruptions is of utmost importance. Letting your family, friends and neighbours know that just because you are at home, it doesn’t mean that they can come in and pay a visit at their leisure. If you have a room to yourself, then lock it; moreover, while you’re at it, turn off your cell phone as well.


Your Need To Get Away And Having Nearby Plants


Making an effort to break away from your desk or table for a weekly cup of coffee outside the house is critical. Being chained or tied down to a PC often drives people a little bonkers and soon affects their health as well.

By the way, it’s best for you to keep your PC and work area separate from your bed. People in general end up losing much sleep because they have too many electronic devices in their sleeping area. Sleeping in complete darkness works wonders for your health.

Another downside is that computers emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs)–radiation waves. These EMFs can be extremely harmful to your thyroid, your eyes and to your health in general. Breaking away from that computer monitor may not only help keep a PC’s radiation to more acceptable levels, your eyes will especially appreciate the effort.

A recent NASA discovery suggested that some cactus plants have the ability to absorb the EMFs coming from a computer. Always keep plants near you and surrounding you when at work, especially the Cereus cacti variety.

Just closing your eyes every 20 to 30 seconds works wonders. Setting an alarm on your PC and getting up every 20 minutes is great too.


Aching Back


If you work for long hours at a computer, or typewriter, you’ll soon feel the effects of having the wrong chair underneath you. Fortunately, contemporary furniture is one of the solutions to provide you with ergonomic comfort that you need for those long hours in your office. With its functional design, contemporary furniture will enable you to reduce clutter and get more usable space for organizing your work.

Taking into consideration the style, design and even materials used, those who work at home will find a large selection of furniture pieces that make working at home worthwhile as they explore the benefits of having an ergonomic chair and desk.


Lighting And Noise Level


Recent studies suggest that workers, who work at windows or where natural lighting is available, suffer from fewer health issues than those who work under normal office lights. Often, eyestrain and headaches are the result of poor lighting–as is being in a bad mood. Generally, the best position for a computer desk is one that’s perpendicular to the window. Sitting directly facing a window tends to blind the eyes with the contrast of light hitting the eyes head on.

Likewise, those who are subjected to loud noises and interruptions also have less productivity time. For some people, a strategically placed wind chime sometimes cancels out noise–if hung between the noise source and the person.

In short, your space in your workspace is basically where you are more comfortable and productive. Be it in a corner in a room or even in a separate room, the important thing is to find the SOHO environment that helps you grow into being the writer you were meant to be.

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