Ten quick tips to bringing wellness inside your four walls

Nigel Hobbs, founder of Welnis Labs—an interior consultancy and fitout company that specialises in bringing wellness into the spaces we inhabit says that their team has identified 10 key wellness protocols that if addressed can make significant improvements to your health and wellbeing.

Hobbs says “We studied over a number of years both traditional forms of interior wellness coupled with the latest scientific insights and identified these 10 key protocols and subsequent solutions to keep interiors we inhabit healthy”.

Some of these tips may suit home, the office or the retail environment. They will get you thinking about looking after yourself, your family and staff.

Ergonomics
We all need to stop sitting so much. Using a stand up desk at work or home can reduce the significant health implications of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Just standing can reduce the chances of sedentary illnesses like diabetes and heart disease significantly.

Light
Replace your decades old light bulb technology with the latest circadian rhythm lights that adapt their colour temperature during the day to reflect the changing light outside. Tip—Blue light in the morning to kick start your brain for the day ahead—warm oranges and reds in the evening to prepare the brain for sleep.

Acoustics
Be aware of the noise around you whilst working and at home. High levels of noise can lead to lower productivity, stress and if at night poor sleep. New contemporary designed acoustic panels that mimic art can reduce noise pollution significantly and keep you more relaxed and productive.

Air quality
The air we breathe inside is often more polluted that the air outside especially in offices. Wall mounted UV air purifiers have been proven to reduce airborne bacteria by over 70% meaning you breathe easy and stay healthy.

Water purification 
The water we drink and wash in is heavily treated with chlorine as well as carrying high levels of other traceable chemicals. Install a simple under sink alkaline water purifier to remove 99% of toxins and return the water to its natural structure. When showering try a vitamin C infused showerhead that removes the chlorine from the water protecting from dry skin and chlorine vapour.

Fatigue management
Understand your sleep better and wake up refreshed. Wearable devices such as Jawbone and Fitbit track your sleep cycles and wake you at the optimal time in the morning when you are in your lightest sleep cycle. Or try dawn simulation alarm clocks that simulate the sun rising 30 minutes before the alarm sounds.

Nutrition
Instead of opting for that afternoon caffeine or junk food pick-me-up go for a healthy alternative. Keeping healthy snacks always at hand such as pulses, nuts and fruit makes it much easier to avoid those cravings and keeps your moods and ability to concentrate far more balanced.

Fitness
Even if you are not a runner—walk! The medically recommended 10,000 steps a day can do wonders for your health. When at work take time every hour to walk around the office or head outside for a walking meeting, and take the stairs instead of an elevator whenever possible.

Stress reduction
Meditate! Mindfulness as it is also known is a proven way to reduce stress, feel happier and improve productivity. Find a quiet corner at work or home, close your eyes and just focus on your breathing for 10 or 20 minutes. The positive effects on your wellbeing are scientifically proven and are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace as a way to beat the effects of stressful workloads.

Environmental balance
This may sound obvious but clean surfaces reduce your chances of being exposed to bacteria and illness. The average person touches 132 items per day. Microbe Shield Treatment is a non-toxic water based treatment that can protect surfaces that you are in regular contact with for up to 30 days which significantly reduces the risk of microbe cross contamination and therefore ensures a healthier you.

About Welnis.

For further information contact Nigel Hobbs on 1300 302 008 / 0411 525 222 or the team at media@welnis.com.au

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