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I know two things to be true:

  • We are hard-wired to sync with the seasons and to revel in nature’s nourishment.
  • We are hard workers, taking care of things & people in our lives so that they stay in sync.

Sometimes the twain just don’t meet.

Access to nature “green stuff” on the daily is critical to healthy psychological and physiological functioning. Downstream, the lack of restorative break time can impact our productivity and consequently, the other “green stuff” – the money, honey.

Here’s what I else I know to be true:

  • You are (likely) a solo-working-from-home, busting your b$%t, Chief Executive Of-it-all.
  • You take care of a business that takes care of others, directly or indirectly.
  • Taking good care of yourself slips further down the famed to-do list then you’d like to admit.

If break time is a mere, laughable fantasy in your daily operations flow, I’ve got: 

3 Cures for Greening Your Workplace Blues, Naturally & Right from Your Desk

Cumulative effects of a shortage of serene green scenes can creep up on us, showing up as decreased satisfaction and productivity, cranky-pants and generally, just feeling blah. Our environment impacts us. Don’t fight it. This is just who we are. We’re sensitive beings. I mean, really, it takes a highly sensitive person to be highly successful running her own biz. Inside our busy, hustling, buried-business women minds we may feel, blue.

[bctt tweet=”Green “nature deficit” in our exterior world can cause a mind-body-spirit bottom line to be blue.”]

Cure 1: Lighten up!

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Assess your situation right now. You work from home. You have some sort of desk. You spend how many minutes of your precious life at the helm, in that chair? Lift your head up, look around. No, really, please look around. Is there any bit of natural light shining in for you?

If you’re not seeing the (natural) light of day peeking into your #creationstation, you may need #greenviewstohelpyou.

This Cure Boosts Your Mental Focus & Positivity Bottom Line

Rx: Expose yourself to (more) natural light.

  • Like a moth to a flame, move your desk to a window so that, at least peripherally, your brain soaks up natural light, subconsciously “greening out” while you work.  Don’t forget to open the blinds, doll.
  • Switch it up on occasion and work remotely from an #oasisoffice. Source a respite office location that has green-infused views and pack n’ go. Outside, garden seating would pay off in bonus #positivityperk benefits! 

Science says:

A study in neuroscience and chronobiology (study of circadian rhythms) showed that a windowless workplace devoid of nature messes with your successes. Working in this sort of environ, can throw off your circadian rhythms and make you more susceptible to SAD (seasonal affective disorder). 

We need not have a single SAD Superwoman.

Bank Yourself Some Style Points:

This is your motivation to freshen up your workspace and gain a new perspective – because your business needs you to #takegoodcare of you.  Fact: I rearrange my office with every season (at quarter start) to capture different views and sun patterns; to freshen the overall look of my #creationstation (’cause how much time do we spend in these home office spaces???); and most importantly, to be deliberate in making space for my/my business’ greatness.

Perhaps relocating your command station (aka desk) near a “port hole” to the outside world might have a ripple effect to inspire you to paint a wall, jazz up the window coverings, or simply hang a bird feeder within view.

Cultivate a proper CEO’s healing haven outside for your viewing & restoring pleasure. After all, why wouldn’t you have the best view in the (home) office, Ms. CEO?

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Landscape attributes, photo credit MaryCarol Hunter
Landscape attributes / MaryCarol Hunter

“We know that exposure to nature enhances our well-being, but we know less about the specific features that create these positive effects,” said MaryCarol Hunter, ASLA, University of Michigan, at the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. A set of fascinating studies by Hunter and Marc Berman, a psychologist and neuroscientist at the University of Chicago, are beginning to converge on what those feature are. The goal is to translate knowledge of these features into design guidelines landscape architects and other designers can apply. All of this research is happening under the rubric of the TKF Foundation, which has invested millions over the past two decades creating more than 130 small, healing parks and financing research studies on the health benefits of green spaces in dense, urban areas. The TKF Foundation wants to know: with increasingly limited space in cities for green space…

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“Eco” = house

“logy” = study of

Ecology is the study of environment and relations of organisms to each other and their surroundings.


As a restorative / healing garden designer, I receive deep  joy as I help homeowners and residents restore, maintain, enhance their emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being — their house, I suppose you might say. The MG course allows me to provide information that fortifies the physical house of clients’ gardens. I care deeply for my clients’ well-being as well as the cause and effect of my design service on my clients’ respective communities.  So this week’s MG class was right on time. 

Organic Management Techniques:  “restore, maintain, enhance ecological harmony”. 

For what we do and how we “care” for our gardens does not end at the property lines nor the edge of garden beds. Potions and lotions leach, blow, move, carry, spread. Wrong plant, wrong place invites trouble.  No soul to your soil means no life to your landscape. Now, may seem obvious to you – ’cause we all want harmony, right? – but check this out.

Despite the news of the National Gardening Association conducted the Environmental Lawn & Garden Survey which found that 

  • 5% of America’s 90 million households gardened using exclusively organic management techniques;
  • an additional 31% reported to be hybrid gardeners (practicing some sort of organic management approach);
  • and numbers of both were expected to double in coming years,

we have this:pie chart

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 100 million pounds of active ingredient from herbicides, insecticides, miticides, and fungicides were applied in homes and gardens in the United States in 2001. Of that, homeowners used 13 percent of total herbicides, 16 percent of total insecticides and miticides, and 16 percent of total fungicides…  Applications of pesticides by professional applicators (e.g. commercial lawn services) are not included in the numbers outlined above and if included would, no doubt, raise these numbers significantly.

How is this stuff stored, applied, used, disposed of in your house?  

No, not rant on never using chemicals in the landscape. Rather learn to manage your house’s health, with an eye (body, brain, respiratory system,… you get it) to our collective well-being through the principles of Integrative Pest Management, baby.  Simply, a wake up call to express compassion for the collective house.