Raising a glass to all the inspiring men and women who are making the tough decisions to go beyond equality to equity and on to create an inclusive environment where we can all bring our unique gifts to the table. This article from Deloitte explains how organisations who embrace the opportunity, recognise the challenges and set tangible targets are better placed to make the most of business opportunities too – The diversity and inclusion revolution: Eight powerful truths
Are your kids revising for exams?
A good night’s sleep will improve their results. Scheduling exams later in the day will help them to be their best too – Should I study or should I go (to sleep)? The influence of test schedule on the sleep behavior of undergraduates and its association with performance
Encourage them to get some gentle exercise because that will help them to manage stress. That, in turn, will help them to relax. They will get a better night’s sleep – and be able to concentrate – and see their results in perspective, whatever they are – Physical activity and sleep quality in relation to mental health among college students
This encouragement is particularly important for female students who, according to this study, tend to be less physically active – No gender difference in association between sleep quality and physical activity level of French students
Room with a view!
As the days get longer, I’ve suddenly noticed how grubby my windows are.
I’m on the third floor so I get a bloke with ladder to clean the outside for me. But I know it’s a great investment. Here’s why:
1/ More Natural Light – even though the windows do cut out most of the UVB wavelengths, bright light and a view outside will help you to stay positive and focused and to get a good night’s sleep. You might even cut your electricity bill because you don’t need as much artificial light. This paper explains how a view of natural landscapes compared to urban ones reduced stress levels during the pandemic – https://academic.oup.com/ijlct/article/doi/10.1093/ijlct/ctac041/6575486
2/ Better Mood: Clean windows are likely to make your space feel cared for, fresher and more organised, which can also improve mood and productivity and reduce stress. It can even improve curb appeal and make your home feel more welcoming to guests. This blog from Psychologies Today is an interesting read – https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201705/5-reasons-why-clutter-disrupts-mental-health
3/ Healthier Air Quality: Dirty windows can trap allergens, dust, and other pollutants, which can affect your indoor air quality. Regular cleaning can help improve the air you breathe. Sunlight can kill bacteria too. Over time, the build-up of dirt and grime can cause damage to your windows, reducing their lifespan too as this article from the Architect’s Daily explains – Seven Health Hazards You Can Avoid If You Clean Your Windows Regularly
Grab a squeegee – or find someone with a ladder – and start cleaning those windows today!
And thank you to all who joined a fascinating conversation on Tuesday this week with scientists and healthcare providers who are blazing a trail for lighting in residential care settings. Please follow this link to listen to the recording.