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About ten years ago Arianna Huffington collapsed in her office and woke up in a pool of blood, with a broken cheekbone and a cut over her eye. 😳

After extensive medical testing, her docs came back with a simple diagnosis: 👉 exhaustion 👈.

I don’t know about you, but I can totally relate. It’s only in the past few years that I have finally started taking significant breaks in my work day.

One of the ways Arianna changed her lifestyle was to advocate rest and napping… at work, for everyone. At the time this was a novel idea and hardly anyone was doing it.

Her “nap rooms” at her office became places where she and her staff could take rest breaks during those tremendously long and crazy-busy days.

Here’s what one of the designers, Paul Efmorfidis, said about the process of creating the nap rooms at The Huffington Post offices in Architectural Digest:

“Conveying the ‘feel at home; atmosphere in a working space is always a challenge with the mental transition you need to make from work to relaxation.

By using multiple layers of our natural materials dressed with plush 100 percent pure cotton fabrics and earthy tones, we created a zen environment to allow for immediate relaxation and comfortable energy.

Employees can re-charge during a power nap break, and by allowing for the natural light to stream in, we maximize the valuable benefits of sunlight.”

Amazing, right?

Extreme tiredness and exacerbated health problems caused by stress is well-documented in the United States and across the globe.

Healthcare professionals like you may be among those people who push to extremes sometimes to simply take care of your patients, staff, your business and your family. Notice I didn’t even put “you” in the last sentence because we hard workers tend to put ourselves last, right?

According to the American Psychological Association, at least 78 percent of American adults say their stress level increased or stayed the same over the past five years, with 33 percent saying their stress levels are affecting their mental health.

One the ways the healthcare professional is addressing these challenges is to create dedicated break rooms that are beautiful, restorative and community-driven.

Here’s a peek at one of the zen nap room in Arianna Huffington’s offices👇🏾

Feels like home, right?

And here are a few break rooms I’ve helped create for my clients 👇🏾

It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to start making important design upgrades to your break room.

Your investment is up to you. Your ROI is big.

Here are some of the benefits of creating a therapeutic break room for your staff:

#1. When people are rested at work, they perform better and are happier.
#2. Staff in offices get along better and collaborate more in rooms with plants.
#3. Breaks boost creativity and passion.
#4. Napping breaks can help with memory and learning.
#5. Lunch breaks are essential for brain function.
#6. People like to stay at jobs longer at places where their wellbeing is considered.

If you need help upgrading or designing from scratch a dedicated break room where your team can rest and return to work feeling revitalized, visit my design services page here:

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💖 Yours in smart design,