Perhaps it's their less-than-poetic name, their diminutive size, or the movie "Office Space." Whatever the reason, cubicles get a pretty bad rap. But when you spend a large percentage of your life sitting in one, gratuitously hating on cubicles simply will not do.
You must take pride in your cubicle! After all, you are not an anonymous cog in a corporate machine. You are the monarch of your realm, and the master of your destiny! And your cubicle? Your royal domain.
These six feng shui–inspired tricks will help you make the most of your cubicle's potential to support and nourish you during your workday, which will in turn boost your energy, happiness, and career success. And they're as subtle as they are simple, so you won't be hauled away by HR.
Reflect and Empower
Many -- if not most -- cubicles make it impossible to sit in the power position, i.e., so that you face the entry while you sit. (Think of the president's placement in the Oval Office.) If this is the case for you, position a small or medium-size mirror so that you can immediately see anyone who passes by or enters while you're sitting at your desk. On a subconscious level, this small change will help you feel more in control of your space, and will instill greater feelings of safety, confidence, clarity and grounding. Over time, this will powerfully enhance your mood as well as every aspect of your workday.Grow Fresh Air
For most of the time that humans have been walking on this planet, we've lived outdoors. Plants, therefore, make us feel more like our natural selves. They also oxygenate the air, and some of them are especially adept at removing toxins and chemical vapors from indoor spaces. A few of these (that also happen to be attractive and easy to care for) include:
But you don't want to work in a jungle, just one or two ought to do the trick! (For more on this topic, you might want to check out "How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants That Purify Your Home or Office
" by Dr. B.C. Wolverton.)
Himalayan salt lamps
are said to generate negative ions, a type of molecule (found in high concentrations near moving water and at high elevations) that is scientifically proven to lift our moods and increase our energy levels. In other words, "negative ions" is a scientific term that loosely translates to "good vibes." At the very least, a small Himalayan salt lamp will enrich your cubicle with a soothing, ambient light while serving as a reminder to relax and go with the flow.
Aromatherapy is a real and powerful thing. Inhaling the aromas of natural essential oils can positively affect our moods, energy levels and mindsets in a number of ways. While we can't all put a scent diffuser or oil burner on our desks, but we can at least conceal a bottle or two of essential oil in a drawer and waft it under the nose as necessary. Here are some that are especially helpful for the daily grind:
Invest in a Throne
- Lavender: soothing, stress-relieving, and uplifting; also helps with headaches
- Peppermint: energizing, mood-boosting, and invigorating
- Rosemary: helps with focus and memory
If you splurge on one thing, make it a chair. Why? First, because you sit in it all day and your comfort level can make all the difference between a bunch of good days and a bunch of bad ones. Second, because when you walk into work in the morning and see a chair that you absolutely love and that makes you feel like a big shot, your confidence will soar, and you will begin to exude an aura of success. Third, because you work hard, you are awesome and you just plain deserve to sit in a really great chair.
Last but not least, surround yourself with a few simple luxuries. This might be a coffee cup that you adore, a basket of fancy herbal tea bags, a single fresh flower in a vase, or a tiny desk fountain that sounds like a clear mountain spring. Taking the time to pamper yourself in little ways is a potent expression of self-love and a way to say, "I believe in myself, and value my efforts." In no small way, this will help you to infuse your workday with passion and purpose, open yourself up to positive opportunities, and position yourself for greatness.
Tess Whitehurst is a Los Angeles–based feng shui consultant and the author of "Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home." She's appeared on the Bravo TV show "Flipping Out."