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  1. Choosing office furniture for productivity and health

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    Whether you work from home or a workplace office, it’s important to have the correct furniture that is not just practical, but also enhances productivity and keeps your health in mind.  So whether you’re looking for new furniture to spruce up a home office or you’re specifically looking for London office furniture, here are some tips and advice to ensure you pick the right items:

    Choosing office furniture for productivity and health

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    A flexible desk

    One thing that is on my wish list this year for my home office is a convertible desk.  These are standing desks with an adjustable height, so they can also be sat at too.  It’s no secret that sitting is the new smoking and many of us spend far too long sitting down, slumped at our computers all day.  It’s having a detrimental effect on our health which is why it is so important to choose the correct office furniture, or to upgrade yours as soon as you can. 

    Choose height adjustable office desks so you can alternate through the day between sitting and standing.  Alternatively you can keep your existing desk and choose a converter platform which will sit on top of your desk transforming it into a standing desk at a fraction of the cost compared to an entire purpose built desk.

    It’s even possible to get a treadmill desk or to buy an under-desk treadmill for your existing workspace.  Whilst working you can walk slowly and burn off some extra calories whilst, more importantly, keeping your body active and moving.

    Ergonomic seating

    When we do have to sit down, it’s vital that we are supporting our bodies in the best way possible by sitting in a correct position.  When we sit in a normal chair without ergonomic support then we are putting pressure on the bottom of our spine and creating a bad posture for ourselves.  To combat this and ensure the spine is correctly aligned then a kneeling chair should be purchased.  These clever chairs ensure the spine is balanced properly over the pelvis giving you instantly good posture when seated.  The back goes from slouching and slumped, to upright and in correct alignment.

    I have upgraded my office chair to a kneeling chair and being sat correctly also enhances my focus and productivity.  I chose a posture kneeling chair which is suitable for short periods of sitting.  I like to move around the house to work, so in order to sit comfortably and correctly on other seats I also purchased a wedge cushion.

    A wedge cushion is a cheaper option that can be placed on any other regular chair or also in a car seat.  A seat wedge brings the back into the correct posture and is great as it’s portable.  It can be moved from office to office and taken with you wherever you need to go.

     

    Whilst working at a computer all day long can have negative health effects, there are lots of ways to combat this today with clever ergonomic chair designs and working spaces.  You could even get a workout whilst you work!

     

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  2. 3 ways to take charge of your health today

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    Looking after your body should really be your number one priority, yet many people fail to sufficiently do this.  I often think how we should be a super human race full of health and vitality as we have the information we need to do this, but we’re all too tempted by things that we know are not good for us and we don’t want to give them up.  Why not?  Surely it is better to be full of health and life instead of feeling ill all the time and putting ourselves at risk of disease and pain both now and in the future?

    There are three things that I believe are among the most destructive substances to our own health that many of us regularly consume.  There is no end of evidence out there to prove these three things are poisonous and deeply destructive to our health.  These three things are smoking, alcohol and sugar.

    Unfortunately the three things in this article are very addictive, but that doesn’t mean you should lose all hope of giving them up.  It may be a challenge, but it’s the most worthwhile challenge you’ll ever undertake.  I know because I’ve quit all three.  It can be done!

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    To begin to take charge of your health today then you first need to do the below three things:

    Quit smoking

    Smoking is the worst of all three in my opinion.  This is because you’re not only damaging your health, but those around you too.  If you smoke in public then other people have to breathe in the dangerous chemicals.  You’d be surprised at how far around you they travel.  Even if you don’t smoke in public the harmful chemicals will cling to your clothes and hair still causing those you are near to be a passive smoker.  Not only are you destroying your health by smoking, but the health of your nearest and dearest too.  Think about this next time you light up.

    I managed to cut down and then stop altogether around seven years ago and I’ve never looked back.  I know simply stopping isn’t an option for everyone and not all of us have the same levels of will power!  If you are struggling to quit then you should seriously consider vaping instead.  In fact everyone who smokes should switch to vaping.  The world would then be free of harmful cigarette smoke and its chemicals.

    Related:
    Smokers - stop making my children smoke
    5 reasons you should quit smoking now

    Quit alcohol

    Alcohol is something else I have serious issues with.  Again, it’s a poison and it’s totally harmful to your health, only at least when compared to smoking you are only harming your own health and not the health of others.  It’s so engrained in our culture as being the norm, a rite of passage when we turn 18 and those of us who choose not to consume alcohol at all are often questioned why as though it’s impossible to comprehend why anyone would make that choice.

    But for me I want to question why people continue to drink alcohol every day even though it has serious health complications.  Alcohol clouds your judgement; it causes you to do things you wouldn’t dream of doing when sober.  It’s a depressant.  It’s a carcinogen.  It puts your liver under stress and over time can cause liver damage.  It can cause infertility, damage to the brain, increased risk of breast cancer and other cancers, heart problems, bones problems, the list goes on and on.

    Ever had a hangover?  That’s a sure sign that it is not good for you and totally destructive to your body.

    The best thing you can do today for your health is to seriously assess how much alcohol you drink and cut down, if not cut it out completely.  Find another way to destress and relax that isn’t going to damage your health.  It may not seem like it’s damaging your health today, but you’ve no idea what long term damage you are causing to your insides.

    Articles to inspire you on your health journey:
    Your ultimate inspirational guide to being truly healthy
    7 ways I’ve got healthier in 7 years

    Quit sugar

    Sugar.  Sugar is the new alcohol.  It’s totally addictive and is actually metabolised in the exact same way as alcohol which means it is a poison.  The only difference being eating sugar doesn’t have the same effects on the brain as alcohol.  Unfortunately again, we live in a culture that normalises sugar consumption and even aims it at children.  It’s so wrong.

    The media and world are starting to realise the damage caused by added sugar and how it is linked to so many of our health issues nowadays such as type two diabetes, obesity and dementia.  It’s not only overweight people who have to be concerned, it’s all of us.  A 15 year study found that those who took in 25% or more of their daily calories from sugar were twice as likely to die from heart disease than those who took in 10% or less.  They found these odds related only to sugar consumption and the amount of physical exercise one did, age and BMI held no significance. Even getting your five a day didn’t make a difference.  Basically you need to reduce the added sugar in your diet if you are getting too much.

    Avoid foods with added sugar and definitely stop adding sugar to your hot beverages, cereals, fruit and wherever else you add a teaspoon of sugar.  Snack on dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds if you are craving something sweet or try to make your own sugar free desserts like these.

    In January 2017 I totally quit refined and added sugar for one year.  I now no longer have it at home and I’d rather not have it when eating out, but sometimes I expect it will be in menu items.  Hopefully it will be reduced more in restaurants as the dangers of sugar are becoming better known.  At home the best thing is to make your own meals from scratch and read labels on everything else you buy to steer clear of it.  Sugar has around 60 names and a quick internet search will inform you of them all so you’re not duped.

    For plenty more reasons why sugar is terrible for you, read these:
    Why you need to reduce your refined sugar intake
    How To Go Refined Sugar Free with Natvia

     

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  3. AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine Review and Discount Code

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    Do you, your children or most importantly perhaps, your baby have difficulty sleeping?  I may have the solution for you.  Today I am going to review the AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine which I was recently sent to sample.  I also have a discount code for AuCuTee should you decide you wish to purchase one yourself.  Not only is it brilliant for helping to sleep, but there are a range of other uses for this product.  So whether you suffer from insomnia and are looking for a solution or you like to relax with methods such as yoga, massage or meditation, a sound system could be ideal for you.  Read on to see how this sound machine can be used and my review.

    What is a white noise machine?

    AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine Review and Discount Code

    A white noise machine is a device that has pre-set white noise and soothing sounds programmed into it.  It has sounds such as fire crackling, rainfall, waves and birds chirping.  They are designed to mask out any other sound distractions that could be preventing you or a child from sleeping, or even to drown out sounds that may wake you up.  If you have trouble getting to sleep then a white noise machine can help to block out distractions and even racing thoughts through the mind as you begin to concentrate and listen only to the white noise instead.  It’s aim is to promote healthy sleep and a restful night, but it does have some other uses too.

    What can a white noise machine be used for?

    • Difficulty sleeping in adults
    • Soothing children back to sleep
    • Helping baby to sleep soundly
    • Practising yoga
    • Relaxing and meditating
    • Background music and noise during a massage
    • To mask symptoms of tinnitus

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    The product I was sent comes well packaged in a sturdy white modern box.  I wasn’t sure what to expect at all as I’ve never had a white noise machine before, but I thought the presentation was very good.  I didn’t know if it would be cheap and tacky, but I felt it was presented well and immediately looked like a high quality product.

    I chose the white version as it fits with our white walls and décor well.  In the bedroom we have white bedside tables and drawers so it will blend in perfectly.  There is a dark grey version also if you prefer a darker colourway.

    The machine itself is very light to handle and basic to use.  It’s not complicated at all.  It comes with instructions, but I think it’s self-explanatory.  There are 20 pre-set sounds to choose from and there’s also a timer of 30, 60 or 90 minutes to choose from.  This is ideal if you want to set it for a period of time to fall asleep to.

    I will probably try it to sleep to when I have issues falling asleep, usually because my mind is too busy and any little sound really irritates me and prevents me from drifting off, but I really wanted to use this for relaxation and meditation purposes.  I do yoga regularly and it makes the whole experience calmer and more relaxing with this machine.  The relaxing bird chirping noise or even lullabies playing softly in the background alter the experience and allow my mind to drift off elsewhere totally forgetting about my lists of things to do and busy work life.

    Destress with a white noise machine

    Meditation is something quite new to me and I want to learn more about it and practice it regularly.  I often get stressed with the hectic work-life balance of being a full time freelancer working up to 50 hours a week whilst also running a busy household with two children aged three and six.  Life is often chaotic and nonstop, so it’s important to take a moment to clear the mind, relax and breathe every now and then.  If only for five minutes a day it’s something I want to make a habit and part of my daily routine.

    I tried this yesterday with this white noise machine and really enjoyed it.  I tried the chirping noises and also fire crackling which is probably my favourite sound.  It just needs to be quite quiet as it’s too distracting if it’s played too loud.  I lay on my yoga mat spread out with palms upturned and closed my eyes for ten minutes listening to the sounds.  It was so relaxing and I could have lay there for a lot longer if I didn’t have so much work to do!  It’s a start though and it made me feel calmer, but revitalised for the day ahead.

    Many busy parents turn to alcohol for stress relief which is terrible for health, costly and poisoning the body.  I think it’s much better to find healthy ways of destressing and simply switching off, closing your eyes and listening to soothing sounds for a moment each day could be really beneficial to most of us.

    Overall thoughts

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    Overall I am impressed with the machine and I wish I knew about these when my children were babies!  We often put Reuben in the kitchen to sleep in his bouncer as the noise of the dishwasher and washing machines sent him to sleep!  This machine would be the perfect addition to a nursery to soothe a baby and as it’s portable it can be taken on holiday or moved with ease from room to room.  My six year old still sometimes wakes up in the evening and uses a musical teddy to go back to sleep, so I will share this with her also as another way for her to drift back off.

    I’m impressed they have so many uses and are quite a versatile object.  I will be able to use it for relaxation techniques and my children will use it as a comforter in the middle of the night.

    Where to buy a white noise machine and your discount code

    Here are all the links you need to check out AuCuTee and purchase your very own white noise machine, along with a discount code for 15% off your purchase:

    UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B3M6L93   (15% OFF discount code: aucutee15)

    US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079GTJ3SW    

    Main website: https://aucutee.com/

     

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    AuCuTee S5 Sleep Therapy White Noise Machine Review and Discount Code

    I was sent this item in exchange for my honest review