Simple Ways to Reduce Stress on Yourself and the Planet - Page 3
You just walked into your bedroom and noticed that your clothes in the laundry hamper smell like your new office carpet.
Green your Workplace
A non-toxic work space is healthy not only for employees but for the bottom line. The use of harsh chemical cleaners can cause respiratory problems, headaches and dizziness, leading to less than optimal work performance and missing work. Conventional cleaning products, as well as many paints, adhesives and furnishings, can give off irritating, allergenic fragrances and toxic volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) like our old friend, formaldehyde. Ask among your co-workers, and chances are that at least some of them have experienced workplace headaches, dizziness and trouble concentrating. Band together, present your concerns and ask that your workplace choose the safe chemical-free cleaners and the low-VOC remodeling materials now widely available.
Still really need to get away and don’t have three weeks of vacation saved up? Ask about working flex-time or sharing hours with another employee, or even working from home.
Work from Home When Possible
Telecommuting by working from home will save your wallet from the daily rise in the cost of gasoline while sparing your nerves the stress of the commute and the inhalation of exhaust fumes. You can then enjoy family time when you want it, work in your sweats and slippers at 2 A.M., or take a stretch, nap or meditation break when you want to. However, sometimes commuting to a workplace is the only option, so why not ride public transportation, buy a hybrid, carpool or ride a bicycle.