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How to Make Your Workspace More Comfortable

If you spend a lot of time in your office, it's natural you'd want it to be as comfortable as possible. Consider several ways to brighten things up to sustain your output and energy.


  • Step 1: Eliminate clutter Rid your desk and shelves of clutter that can stress, distract, or overwhelm. Organize to focus better.
  • Step 2: Find good light Find visual and lighting elements that make you feel good and that reflect the mood you want. Use natural light whenever possible to limit eye strain and elevate your mood.
  • Step 3: Avoid pain Arrange the chair, desk, and computer screen to avoid neck, wrist, and head pain. Make enough space around the desk to allow more range of movement. Pick cabinets that won't require you to strain to reach the shelves.
  • TIP: Consider investing in an ergonomic chair which can reduce back and neck pain.
  • Step 4: Decorate for you Decorate your desk and walls with family photos, wall hangings, and attractive plants so that it bears your imprint. Make your workspace comfortably yours.
  • Step 5: Add music Add a CD player if music helps improve your concentration and productivity, or listen to music through your computer.
  • Step 6: Spray aromas Use scented oils or sprays. Studies have found that lemon and lavender scents produce the most positive, calming results. Pretty soon, you'll feel more comfortable at the office than at home.
  • FACT: An estimated 45 million Americans work at home at least once a year.

You Will Need

  • Organization
  • Space
  • Decorations
  • Music
  • Aromas
  • Ergonomic chair (optional)


Dr. Dean: Hello, my name is Carolyn Dean, I am a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor, and I live in beautiful Maui. I've finished my 22nd health book. I have a free newsletter, and I also have an online wellness program that you can join. Today in this series I'll be talking about dieting.

I really like the Hallelujah Diet. It's more about the mission than the diet that I like. The story behind this raw food diet, and it is 85% raw and 15% cooked. The story behind it is a Baptist minister was diagnosed with colon cancer back in the late '70s. Instead of going for chemo and radiation, a friend told him about a raw diet. He began to drink carrot juice and eat everything raw, and he cured himself. The tumor was gone on x-ray within the year.

He tried to encourage other people on the diet, and one person he encouraged was his future wife, who lost 80 pounds on the diet. So they married. Together, it was 1992 they incorporated Hallelujah Acres, and that was a small farm and a restaurant. They began to spread the gospel of this diet.

Now the reason why I love it is because I grew up a Baptist. I would see everyone was overweight, and most of the service was praying for people in the hospital, or going for their bypasses, and, you know, having cancer. Then at the end they'd have their fellowship, and they'd go and eat the doughnuts and all the cakes and cookies and things that I thought were causing their problems. So I would embarrass my mother so badly because I'd always say to the minister. "I thought in the Bible they talked about the body being a temple, and that you should take care of it. You know, what's going on with all this, this junk food that you're feeding everybody."

So what I love about this diet, it's become a ministry for this church and this whole congregation where they've trained 5,700 health ministers, and they've gone out over the world. To have support in a very good healthy diet is very important. Now what they teach and preach about their diet, and all raw food people seem to talk this way one point or another is that we are supposed to be herbivores. Us humans are supposed to be herbivores because of the way our stomach and intestines are created.

The basis of how they indoctrinate people into this diet is by saying that we were born to just eat plant products. Some people can do this diet. But some people cannot. There are some blood types, like Os that really don't do well on a plant-based diet. And I know because I am an O blood type. But I love the mission of this diet, and I think this is the way that we can spread good dieting to everyone.

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