April is wrapping up and as we’re sure you’ve realised we are moving into the colder part of the year. In a perfect world we would all be jumping onto a plane, and headed somewhere tropical or remote sipping on Sangria’s or the like. Birds head south for the winter so what does that mean for us working humans?
We’ve complied some tips to help you deal with the cold weather and make the most out of an Australian winter, because cozing up to your colleague in the office isn’t always appropriate
Get a good dose of vitamin D
First, get as much natural light into the office as possible – open blinds and curtains and move any objects obstructing views. If window access is limited, take a stroll around the block during your break, considering it’s not torrentially raining or snowing. Even a little exposure to the outside can have positive effects. You’ll find us vying for our sunny spot in Shannon Reserve on Crown Street in Surry Hills
Waking up in the morning to go to the gym may not be easy, especially when you’re comfortable under your doona cave or menagerie of knitted throws, however starting your inner oven in the morning can set up you for success for the rest of the day. We find that it’s ideal to train in the mornings, especially knowing when there are all too many distractions after the work day is over. For those of you who have pets you can all agree, there’s nothing more motivating then having to take the dog out in the chilly AM.
Add some greenery
As the outdoors slowly becomes drab and grey, there is nothing better than promoting a different kind of vegetative state in the office with some plant life. Is has been proven that productivity can increase by as much as 15 per cent, and promote overall health just from having some greenery in your office space.Try plants Pothos, Aloe, or English Ivy.
Keep warm drinks on hand
It is easy to overwhelm ourselves these days, both mind and body. Between the air we breathe and the stresses from working or raising a family, it is easy to become run down. Finding comforting infusions to offer support to our immune systems is vital at this time of the year.
Some of our favourite herbal alternatives to coffee or black tea are listed below:
The queen of herbal teas: Chamomile Feeling nauseous at work: Peppermint
Scratchy throat: Liquorice root tea Allergies: Stinging Nettle tea
Eucalyptus oil burner
Eucalyptus is one of the best oils to use during colds, flu’s and other infections. Use it in an oli burner to relieve congestion during a cold or a sinus infection, or a sore throat. Eucalyptus oil is also antiviral and antibacterial, and helps to fight the cold virus. Burn a few drops of Eucalyptus in an essential oil burner during the flu season. If you like a lemon-y scent, Eucalyptus citriodora is a good alternative the more medicinal-smelling Eucalyptus oils.