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Last year we saw a surge in online shopping due in big part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which set off an increase of cardboard boxes and plastic packages outside of our homes. While more and more people are now used to bringing their own tote bags to the grocery store, recycle at home and use public transportation instead of driving on our own car, we don’t always pause to assess the impact it can have on our environment.
Due to this reality, dozens of major retailers such as Ray-Ban, Ugg and Antropologie are looking to consolidate home deliveries in reusable tote bags that are dropped off once a week - instead of the standard individual plastic bags and boxes. New ideas such as compostable packaging and reusable plastic packaging with algae-ink shipping labels are some of the ways companies are innovating to be more sustainable.
Other initiatives such as Clorox and Häagen Dazs are moving towards other types of packaging such as glass, aluminum and stainless-steel which can be returned and refilled for future uses. If more and more companies sign up for this initiative, the amount of waste from households will dramatically decrease in the coming years.
This new trend of consumer’s reliance on online shopping during the pandemic put online shopping under the spot of sustainability experts: Tons of discarded cardboard boxes were seen all across the US during the last year.
It’s also up to us to find which of the products we order online are trying to make a sustainable difference in the world!
With an ongoing pandemic and recent political turmoil, many people have been living in a storm of stress which has negatively impacted their well being. Prolonged stress in human beings directly impacts their health, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, depression, sleep disorders and many others. In order to prevent this happening, experts recommend the following lifestyle habits that can reduce your stress levels:
Meditation: Doing meditation exercises regularly is proven to help lower cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate. A simple meditation requires you to bring your full attention to your breath and inhaling/exhaling through your nose. If you feel your mind starting to wander off, focus back to your breath without judgement.
Exercise breaks: If you work at home and don’t do much movement during the day, regular physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and keep a strong immune system. Engaging in a 30 minute exercise break every day will increase your heart rate and oxygenate your body, boosting your endorphin levels and reducing stress.
Take a nap (or two): Consistent poor sleep is directly related to higher stress levels. If you have trouble sleeping at night, try taking two naps no longer than 30 minutes each to counteract the negative effects of sleep deprivation.
Listen to the music you love: Experts have proven that playing your favorite tune can boost your mood, relax your muscles and release some of the accumulated stress during the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management, depending if you put on some classical music or some heavy metal.
What other lifestyle habits can you think of that helps you reduce stress levels in this unique day and age?
The world has changed in many radical ways after the pandemic of 2020 and we are only slowly starting to return to normality, only that this ‘new normal’ will have many differences on how we do things. For instance, the necessity of working remotely during the pandemic has shown many businesses that employees can in fact work from home and still be productive. Bringing more work to our household will become much more common this 2021. For this reason, we have gathered some important tips that can help you increase productivity at home, while keeping space and time for family and private matters.
Set a structure
It is important that you do not mix family life and work constantly; otherwise you will not be fully present in either case. Set a schedule for the hours you are working and when you are off. Turn off your computer when you are done working and mute notifications on your phone so you can be present with your co-inhabitants and loved ones.
Build a good setting
Try to replicate the ergonomics of your workstation in the office. Make sure you get enough fresh air, good lighting and have a proper desk and chair for work. Avoid working from the couch or bed, otherwise you might experience aches throughout your body due to bad postures.
Move and stretch
Working from home means you are mainly stationary as you don’t have to get up as often as in the office for meetings, lunch breaks, conferences and the like. They say sitting is the new smoking because a sedentary life can trigger many health risks. Set rituals for going out for walks, stretch your body every hour and drink plenty of wholesome liquids like plain water, herbal tea or fruit/veggie shakes. These healthy rituals will also help you in keeping focus and avoiding ‘cabin fever’, which is quite common when you do not change the environment for long periods of time.
Save time for you
You also have to make time for the things you love. As a rule of thumb, keep evenings and weekends sacred, completely free of work. Spend time reading, watching the news, playing with your kids or making a long delicious meal in the kitchen. Productivity is not about working hard for long hours, but instead, it is about feeling sharp-minded and energized during the hours you set to work.
Be extra communicative and friendly
Some research says that communication is 55% body language, 38% tone of voice and only 7% is the actual message you are getting across. When we work remotely, we lose much of the richness of human communication. To compensate for this, it is important that you keep a friendly and positive tone in your emails and messages. It is often a good idea to add a little emoji - ☺ - when you say ‘thanks’ or ‘you are welcome’, so the recipient of the message can sense your mood and sincerity.
Quality video conferencing
Here are the top 5 tips for your online meetings:
Sign in 5 minutes early to make sure you have a stable connection and correct links for the conference.
Focus on the lightning of your surroundings; you want to have light shining on your face and no source of light directly behind you.
Mute your mic when you are not talking to avoid disruptive noises.
Do not multitask during the meeting. Keep your phone away and focus on the meeting.
When sharing your screen, turn off any messaging applications and close any sensitive data like your email or confidential work material. Be sure to close any non-work related browser tabs or material you might have open.