Going Green

Your office re-imagined could look and sound like a tropical oasis. The humdrum of key tapping might sound like the pitter-patter of light rain on leaf-covered soil. The relentless office phone might be likened to a rare tropical bird calling for a mate. The gurgling water cooler might sound reminiscent of a vast waterfall flowing into a natural fresh spring. Who are we kidding right? NASA would have an easier job locating signs of life on Mars than in the twenty sparse, monochromatic cubicles in front of you.

Fortunately there are a couple of options available to inject more nature into your everyday life. One option – a dramatic Mission Impossible style escape, first out the office, then out the building, then down to the docks where a high speed power boat will be waiting to whisk you off to a remote island where you’ll live a hermetic life, free of copy machines, fluorescent lighting, and awkward kitchenette conversations with Bob from Accounts. Ah, now that sounds…impractical.

A second simple, more practical solution – bring some green into your office. A study conducted at Exeter University found that employees were 15 % more productive if their workplaces contained a few houseplants. The study also found, that contrary to popular belief lean work environments, devoid of visual interest, are actually counterproductive.

Tranquini would like to help you out during stress awareness month and you give you some advice on why greening up your workspace can do wonders for the soul, as well as improve productivity and keep you healthy.

Office Plants Make You More Productive

The presence of plants in your immediate workspace has been proven to help with cognitive tasks, as well as improve concentration and focus. Research has shown that fewer mistakes are made and tasks are completed faster due to high concentration levels. These high levels of concentration can be attributed to an increase in oxygen levels and reduction in carbon dioxide.

Plants Are Beneficial For Your Health

It’s hard to avoid catching the office cold unless you go to work dressed as bubble boy. Fortunately, if you have plants in your office, you won’t get sick as often. This has been attributed to improvement in air quality, as well as a reduction in dust and bacteria intake. Paint, furniture, plastics and cleaning products also produce a number of toxins which plants help reduce. So if you want to avoid catching your colleague’s cough, green up your desk.

Natural Colours Make You Feel Good

Colours like green and blue, two of the more common colours in nature, are proven to increase focus and lead to an overall sense of well-being. While your boss probably won’t let you repaint your desk or cubicle, why not colour your desk with a beautiful plant or two. Souvenirs, pictures and personal items have also been proven to increase productivity and happiness levels. So what are you waiting for? Turn your cubicle space into your personal canvas.

Office Plants Reduce Noise

Modern day open workspaces are often noisy, distracting environments making it hard to concentrate. It’s a little known fact that plants reduce ambient noise by as much as 5 decibels through sound absorption, deflection and refraction. Bring an office plant to work and you won’t have to turn up that Bruno Mars song quite so loud.

Which plants should you buy?

Because not all offices are created equal, it’s necessary to choose the right plants to suit your office. For example, Spider Plants are ideal for offices that do not have a lot of natural light, as they can still thrive in partial sun or shade. Similarly lemon balm can also survive with little direct sunlight, while also having the quality of improving mood and workplace wellness. Peace Lilly’s are also good options as they do well in shade and are known to be one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality. If all else fails, cactus plants and succulents require very little maintenance to survive.

So if you don’t have the resources to escape to a far away tropical paradise why not head down to your local nursery and ask for one of the plants we mentioned above, and share this article with your boss, co-workers and friends. Soon enough you’ll be surrounded by an oasis of green, sipping on a Tranquini, happy as Larry.

A Working Playlist

Open plan workspaces don’t allow for much privacy or space to focus. More often than not your attention has to compete with office pedestrian traffic, the casual cubicle pop in, or your colleagues giggling while they scroll through the latest internet cat memes. Often the only way to drown out the noise, or rather to zone in on your work, means putting on a set of headphones and choosing the right track so you can concentrate on the task at hand.

Studies have shown that music helps to increase productivity as well as lift mood. But what to listen to and when? Classical music has been found to increase the intelligence of its listeners – also known as the Mozart Effect, while nature sounds have been found to improve concentration and levels of fulfillment. But sometimes listening to whale calls just can’t give you the kind of satisfaction that only Mick and The Stones can provide after a testing Monday morning meeting.

At Tranquini we understand that different folks require different strokes, and different times of the day require a different kind of playlist. So we’ve come up with a variety of working playlists to help you get through the work day. No matter your taste in music, you’re sure to find something here to help you destress and improve productivity.

The Morning Commute

The work week doesn’t start at the office. It starts on the morning commute. Like an athlete on the bus heading to a big game, this playlist will help you mentally prepare for what lies ahead, or at the very least, help you ignore the crazies on the other side of the subway car.

Time To Focus

Now that you’re at the office, its time to focus and get your affairs for the week in order. We think a bit of classical music hits just the right spot to get the desired effect.

The Big Meeting

So you’ve got all your affairs in order, and you’re almost ready for the big presentation. All you need now is some music to put you in the right frame of mind so you can own the room and win over that prized client.

The Afternoon Slump

Those dangerous post-lunch hours have arrived and you’re feeling kind of sleepy. But there’s much to be done. What you need is an energy boost to get you through the afternoon slump and find your second wind.

Feel Good Tunes

The day is almost over, you’ve got a lot done and you’re feeling pretty darn good about things. You need a feel good soundtrack to compliment your good mood that will finish off the day on a high note.

We’re confident that whatever the day throws your way, a bit of music will go along way to keep you positive, focused and destressed – that and a can of Tranquini.

Holi Moly Winter's Over

January and February are tough months for many. There’s nothing particularly sexy about the fifty shades of gray that an oppressive winter can bring. The cold weather and lack of direct sunlight has us hunkered down, dreaming of a brighter day. Even our dreams seemingly happen in black and white. That’s why when spring arrives, we feel rejuvenated. The sun comes out, flowers are in bloom, and our mood rises. Colour seeps back into our lives.

What better way to welcome springs arrival than with Holi, the colourful Hindu Festival, celebrated across the world. The festival has traditionally signified the victory of good over evil, and the arrival of spring but has also come to represents a festive event to meet others, play, laugh, forgive and forget, and to act as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

In keeping with the spirit of Holi, Tranquini are here to highlight 5 festive Holi like celebrations that happen around the world, where people come together to laugh, be positive and bring some colour into the world.

Holi – India & Nepal

Traditionally the Hindu festival is celebrated in its largest numbers in northern India and Nepal, but due to its popularity there are a number of celebrations around the world. During Holi people gather in the streets to celebrate, sing, dance and cover each other in coloured paint, derived from natural elements and plants. The result, a visual splendor of colour and positivity.

Songkran Festival – Thailand

The Thai New Years celebration is also regarded as a spring festival, also known as the water festival to some. Festival goers perform cleansing rituals splashing water over each other. The water represents purification and the washing away of ones sins and bad luck. Younger generations take to the streets to partake in a good-natured water fight.

The Colour Run – London, England

Inspired by the Holi Festival, participants run a 5km course, dressed in white, during which they are sprayed with multicoloured paints, covering runners from head to toe. Iterations of the run also take place in other parts of the world including Australia, South Africa, and Canada. If one exists in your area, strap on your running shoes and join in the fun.

Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

Held in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, The Battle Of The Oranges is the largest food fight in Italy. The festival is held to commemorate the city’s defiance against a 12th century tyrant. Participants are grouped in nine teams and battle it out, loaded with oranges. If you don’t like pulp we suggest admiring the colourful explosion of citrus from a safe distance.

La Tomatina – Bunol, Spain

The Spanish festival held annually in the Valencian town of Buñol, involves a fun food fight composed entirely of tomatoes. The food fight lasts about an hour after which the whole town square is covered in red tomato paste. Fire trucks and locals then hose down the streets while some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. Due to its popularity the festival is celebrated outside of Spain as well.

So, go on then, spring to it, put on your overalls, get outside and celebrate the arrival of spring with Tranquini.

Spring Clean Your Mind

“Tweet-tweet”. Spring has sprung. You’re feeling energized and you leap out of bed, amble over to the kitchen to make a fresh pot of coffee. You walk outside to smell the flowers in bloom and reflect on your empty schedule. The day is yours to live as you wish.

Of course the reality is quite different. ‘Ting Ting’ – You wake up to a mail notification on your phone from your boss who says he needs that report you forgot to send a week ago. You have 36 unanswered Whatsapp messages, 4 Facebook notifications, 3 Breaking News reports. You scramble out of bed and step on a piece of misplaced Lego. Howling in pain you hop to your cluttered desk to search for that report but alas its nowhere to be found.

Spring for many represents a good time of year to clean out the house or apartment of unwanted clutter. But it also represents a great opportunity to unclutter the mind of unnecessary stress and start anew. Tranquini is here to help with 5 tips to spring clean your life, and promote a fresh, positive perspective.

Start At Home

Clutter is proven to be an energy drainer. It creates anxiety and the visual sensory overload doesn’t let you think clearly. Start by cleaning up your bedroom of all those things that distract you so you can get a good nights rest. Wash the dishes, organize your cupboard, do your laundry. A clean home makes for a clean mind.

Clean Out Your Fridge

The cold winter months can result in a lot of unhealthy comfort food eating. Our instinct is to hibernate and hoard fatty foods. Studies have shown that you’re far more likely to snack in a cluttered fridge than in a neat one. Now is great time to toss out those expired goods right at the back of the fridge and replace them with some fresh produce. The healthier you eat the healthier you’ll start to look and feel.

Clean Up Your Workspace

Is your desk a sea of disorganized papers, littered with coffee cups and paper clips? A messy work environment has been proven to take a toll on job performance leading to missed meetings, sloppiness and general inefficiency. Shorten your lunch break one day, and use the additional time to file away those loose papers, and clean your desk. You’ll be back to peak efficiency in no time and your boss will love you for it.

Unclutter your online life

In a modern world where you’re expected to be connected 24/7, we often overdo it, keeping our eyes and ears glued to our computers and phones. The visual intake of “multiple stimuli” lowers our ability to process information and creates enormous stress and anxiety. Our brains are bombarded with information which doesn’t allow or clear thinking or creative thought. Make it a habit everyday to switch off those screens for a few hours and allow your brain some much needed rest to think and contemplate in peace.

Get outside

Spring is in the air. Get outside. Get active. Go for a run, or a hike with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Take up an outdoor yoga class. Breathe in some fresh air. A bit of outdoor exercise will do wonders to refresh you, burn off those extra couple of winter pounds and purge your mind of unnecessary stress that’s built up over the cold months.

So what are you waiting for? Get a spring in your step, grab a Tranquini, and follow our useful tips. You’ll feel positively relaxed in no time.

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Romantic Gestures

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For the Love of Chocolate

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5 Tips to Staying Healthy After the Festive Season

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