Relaxing is Healthy

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How often do we need to remind ourself that relaxing is healthy? It’s an activity worthy to be scheduled in. Europeans do. They shut down businesses for up to 6 hours after noon. Sweden recently introduced a six hour working day (Matharu 2015).  Leisure is one way we occupy our time within those everyday life activities (AOTA 2014). This occupation role holds significance value as with work, household management, education, socializing, etc.

Improve health and productivity by incorporating the occupation of leisure into your occupational lifestyle. A recent study of 600,000 global men and women found those working 55 hours or more had a 33% greater risk of a stroke.  A visually inviting green space, a flower filled office rest area, or even a nearby stoop by a bush creates a sense of connection to the outdoor world that can be shared (or just a quiet little place of escape).

GIG Design | Occupation Lifestyle

CONTEXT

Where are you and what do you have to work with?
Is a hose or a watering can nearby to incorporate green life in your work space?

DESIGN^interceptive | In context of expectations of culture consider incorporating or seeking a leisure space during work hours.

OCCUPATION
Is walking past these objects enough?
Or do you need to plan to make time daily?

DESIGN^body position | The occupation of leisure calls for furniture for resting or a reclining body position.

SENSE

What products relax you?
What kind of people or animals do you want to attract?

DESIGN^interceptive | In sense of modulating behaviors create a leisure space removed but nearby your office or work space.
Matharu, Hardeep, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/sweden-introduces-six-hour-work-day-a6674646.html
Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (3rd Edition). Am J Occup Ther2014;68(Supplement_1):S1-S48. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2014.682006.