#9 Forms and Focus Discussion on Air Quality
If you are stressed and struggle to focus, it may be the quality of your air.
According to Mana Medical Associates: Actually, the air quality in your home can be worse than the air quality outside. Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors,1 where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. On Episode #009, we talk about ways to increase your air quality, and your focus.
At Forms & Focus, our mission is to increase your focus so you can accomplish your dreams. Many of us have dreams and goals. What keeps us from them is our inability to remove distractions and focus. We will accomplish our mission by providing you with guided forms that manifest radical focus.
0:00 - Intro
0:46 - Problem - Your air quality can negatively impact your focus.
5:20 - Solution/Habits for better focus.
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SHOW NOTES FOR EPISODE #9 Forms and Focus Discussion on Air Quality
- Mana Medical Associates: Actually, the air quality in your home can be worse than the air quality outside. Need plants.
- Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors,1 where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. Link
- Immediate effects: Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.
- Long Term effects: Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal.
- We can't solve all the challenges with work, but we change our environment.
- Air filters… Air purifiers… open doors and windows…
- According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, active interaction with indoor plants (like touching and smelling) can reduce physiological and psychological stress.
- Even the potting soil can help you keep a handle on daily stress and anxiety. This is because soil contains microbes dubbed "outdoorphins" (M. vaccae) which work as natural antidepressants. "It boosts your mood by releasing cytokines, which then leads your brain to produce more serotonin.
- According to a study conducted by Texas A&M University, keeping potted plants and flowers around your workspace can substantially improve your creative performance and problem-solving skills.
- Similarly, researchers at Exeter University, UK found that indoor plants improve concentration, productivity and boost staff well-being by 47% at work. Being around plants can also increase memory retention by up to 20%.
- Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive. A study examined the impact of 'lean' and 'green' offices on staff's perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction, and monitored productivity levels over subsequent months in two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.
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