Posts in nature
Spring Has Be-Sprung!

Has anyone else been walking around lately and noticed all the different shades of pinks, greens and blues? The blossoms have returned, the leaves are green again and those clouds are just about disappearing! Central Park is back to its beautiful, colorful self and it’s starting to look like the blue skies are here to stay. Finally!

With Spring making a bold return, now is the perfect time to reflect on the past few months of the New Year. Have you met your New Year goals? Perhaps the arrival of the Spring season has given you that ‘spring’ in your step that you’ve not seen for a while? Now is the time to set new goals, and really make the most of the uplifting mood in your everyday activities, both in your work and home life. Try and reflect this positive and happy seasonal transition in your moods and let it inspire you to do things that can make you an all round better, happier and more productive person.

So what can you do to make the most of ‘Spring Fever’? Here are a few ideas!

1. Do a workout in the sunshine! Exercise can lead to a boost in endorphins, the same feel-good chemical that can come from warmer weather. Twenty to forty minutes of activeness most days of the week is a good place to start, but make sure you stay well-hydrated to fight off those allergies that many of us are familiar with!

2. Spend more time in the outdoors! A scientific experiment proved that on clear, sunny days, people that spent more than 30 minutes outside saw an increase in memory, mood, and flexible thinking styles. Proof that the glorious Springtime weather could make you more innovative, so take a long walk through the park this weekend and get those thinking caps on - you never know what you could come up with!

3. Eat a well-balanced diet and say goodbye to those carb-heavy cravings, it’s salad season! You should try and stick to foods that make you feel light, yet satisfied. Fruits and vegetables are key at this time of year, they will give you the energy boost you need to feel good and jump right into Spring. Also foods rich in omega-3 are a big yes, they often make for tastier meals and will also boost your mood.

4. Reach out to old friends and spend more quality time with your family! Spring is the perfect weather for daytime AND nighttime activities, it’s not too hot and not too cold, but just the right temperature. I really encourage you to make the most of this warm weather before the Summer temperatures become sweltering and unbearably hot (think of those dreaded subway journeys in 90 degree heat!). Your family and friends want to spend time with you, so reach out to them and enjoy the outdoors together.

This is just a guideline and a few pointers for some inspiration, there are SO many ways in which you can make the most of the Spring to help reach the ultimate goal - staying healthy and creating the best version of yourself possible!

Spring has be-sprung, enjoy!

Bathe Your Way Well
 
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By Hannah Woit

Do you ever want to escape into a cocoon when life gets tough, just to be alone and to tune out?

Thanks to the popularity of various wellness-conducive baths, you can have your choice of bath. Take your pick!

1. The Basic Bath:

If you’re a bathing traditionalist, a good old soak in the tub can often to the trick. Some people swear by their epsom salts, others by their favorite bath oils, but even basic baths have benefits. The temperature can be key: baths on the warmer end of the temperature spectrum have been shown to improve blood pressure and other research has indicated that they can also reduce blood sugar levels.

2. Sound Baths:

As we’ve covered here previously, sound can have a healing effect. Various studies have found links between tension reduction and improved cognitive performance. Focusing on sound can be a great option if you find yourself wanting to drown out the cacophony of city life. To step it up a notch, join a sound bath and tune out to the sound of gongs and singing bowls while also getting in some time to meditate.

3. Forest Bathing:

We’ve also discussed the power of nature in enhancing our wellbeing, especially in the workplace. But if you get a chance to become fully immersed in nature, take it! Forest bathing, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku”, the Japanese tradition of going out into nature, is gaining traction in the Western world, and it’s no wonder. Besides the fresh air and calming effect, researchers have found that it can even help reduce pain. It’s a hot topic in research right now, so we are only beginning to understand the myriad of effects nature can have on us. Be sure to use all five of your senses mindfully to soak up the benefits.

 
Energize Your Workspace
 
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By Hannah Woit

New York City has an undeniable energy about it. Is it due to the fact that it was built on top of crystals? We’ll leave that up to you to decide, but according to the American Museum of Natural History garnet lies underground in NYC and you may come across at least one outcrop in Central Park with mica and garnet. (Another cool fact: when Pangaea was formed 450 million years ago, the land that is now NYC was at its center, for all of you who consider NYC to be the center of the world!)

Josiah Bouricius, Primary’s feng shui consultant, has paid special attention to Primary’s location and layout to help set coworking and office members up for energetic success.

One way is by looking at the space’s stars. We’re not talking about stars in the traditional terms in this case, but stars as energies that collect in different areas at different times. They can be positive or negative. When they’re positive, you can use colors, objects, or other elements as “activations”. Negative stars get “cures” to counteract them.

For example, the purple amethyst crystal you’ll see on top of the front desk when you enter Primary is positioned to cure the 20-year conflict star there.

Entrances are particularly meaningfulas the “mouth of Qi”, where energy enters a space, they set the tone for a whole space, so if you have your own office, pay special attention to them. Entryways also connect your space with the larger world. Primary has a fame star, with fire energy, in the entrance area. The chairs there are orange, which is evocative of fire, to help activate the star. If you have a fame star at the entrance to your space, you can also place a plant in the area, as their wood qi enhances the star’s fire energy.

Depending on your preferences, you can use a variety of objects as cures and activationseverything from a laughing buddha to a picture of Oprah placed strategically can impact the energy of a space.

When it comes to energy coming from the earth, Josiah uses small copper rods as cures negative energy like geopathic stress, which is radiation from the earth resulting most frequently from fault lines or underground water.

 
Bring Nature in for a Boost at Work
 
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By Hannah Woit

The plants you see in the hallways, co-working space, and cafe at Primary aren’t just there for aesthetics. They are actually at work too--removing toxins from the air so we can all breathe easier.

Green plants can also help you work better. Research done in the UK and Netherlands indicates that having plants in offices can improve workers’ focus, happiness at work, and how productive they feel.

They may also help you reduce stress, as exposure to natural elements can reduce stress, a study published in  the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health revealed.

In terms of health, plants have also been shown to reduce the number of sick days taken.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, the Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) is one of the easiest plants to care for and will still clear out toxins like benzene, a known carcinogen found in car exhaust. We have Pothos plants throughout Primary, so no matter if you sit in an office or the coworking space, you’ll receive the benefits of its air-clearing power.

Researchers have also singled out ferns for their air-detoxifying prowess. Try the Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) like the ones in Primary’s cafe area--you can mount them and put them on the wall if you’re short on floor or desk space.

For a pop of color and to clear trichloroethylene, another known carcinogen, from the air, try Gerber Daisies (Gerbera jamesonii). Trichloroethylene can be found in adhesives and spot removers, among other things.

If getting more plants isn’t in the cards, you can also put up photos of nature scenes, like the shore scene in Primary’s studio and the coastal and mountain photos in the co-working areas. Even this indirect exposure to nature can positively impact your mood, according to research out of Korea.

Get more work done--naturally.