How often do we need to remind ourself that relaxing is healthy? It’s an activity worthy to schedule.
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 is a role that holds significant value to work, household management, education, socializing, etc.
Questions to Ask:
- How many times in one day is their a period of relaxation?
- Is it counterproductive to relax for five minutes an hour during a work day?
- What is involved in a period of relaxation?
- Does periods of relaxation cause the feeling of restlessness, as though it’s ‘waisting time’?
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
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?
Is walking past these objects enough?
Or do you need to plan to make time daily?
What products relax you?
What kind of people or animals do you want to attract?