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How your workplace can impact stress and mental health

May 14 2015

Most everyone has experienced some level of stress at work at some point. For others, it can become a serious problem. An estimated one-third of American workers experience chronic work stress, according to the American Psychological Association.

Architect Jay Tackett looks at the relationship between workplace stress and the space and environment where someone works.  “There’s a strong connection between the qualities of our physical space and our mental health,” Tackett says. “When we design a workspace we have to account for how that design is going to make people feel. We know that a well-designed workplace is a healthy workplace.”

One of the most important things that you can get at work is sunlight.

Tackett believes that if a workplace is designed properly “you’re going to be able to focus on your work and you’re going to be able to be productive.”  Even though stress is a very personalized reaction and can widely vary from one person to the next, there are a few easy steps that might help you work through whatever is happening.

One tip for a productive and healthy workspace may surprise you. “We can all make changes to our surroundings to improve our emotional well-being,” Tackett says. “For example, one of the most important things that you can get at work is sunlight. It’s so important because sunlight connects you with your world and not just the world at work.”

For more insight, listen to Tackett talk about the effect our surroundings can have on our well-being.