Health in a Minute: Office Organization & Seasonal Depression

Organize Your Way to a Better Workday

There are clear benefits to organizing and decluttering your workspace. With fewer visual stimuli to distract your brain, you may be able to focus better and get work done more efficiently. There’s also the element of control – the more in control you feel over your environment and your work, the less stressed you are. Some studies even suggest that people with clean and organized spaces are more likely to choose healthy snacks, which is a great bonus! 

office organization | illustration of organized office desk

Here are a few ideas for optimizing your workspace: 

  • If your desk space is limited, consider floating shelves to keep all of your office essentials, decorations, lighting, and plants within reach. Putting these items on shelves will help you keep your actual desk surface clear to allow for better focus.  
  • Try a chalkboard or whiteboard calendar to keep you on track with your daily tasks. 
  • Pegboard backdrops provide endless opportunities for sorting and storing your desk necessities so they’re all visible and accessible. 
  • If your desk has limited storage space, try a rolling cart to keep nearby or a set of drawers that fit underneath your desk.

When You're Feeling SAD

Although many people look forward to the changing of seasons, there are plenty of folks who find themselves feeling down. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression triggered by temperature and daylight changes, most commonly during fall and winter. Here are some of the best ways to fight the winter blues: 

seasonal depression | depressed young woman in holidays
  • Maintain a routine to help improve your sleep and keep your light exposure consistent. Eat at regular intervals to help prevent overeating and weight gain.
  • Fill your schedule with lots of social activities to avoid isolation, and spend as much time outside as weather allows. 
  • Commit to moving your body, whether it’s outdoor strolls, time in the gym, or gentle yoga. 
  • Open the blinds and curtains in your home to allow as much daylight in as possible. 
  • Try a dawn simulator that mimics dawn with gradually increasing amounts of light as you wake up. 

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