So, my workspace moved, and I now no longer have access to windows. What can I do to help me not feel disoriented at the end of the day?
I work in an office suite where I am the front-line person. My former workspace, while interior, at least let me look through other people's office windows to see what was going on outside (sunny? raining? sudden change? getting dark?).
My new space is even more interior and I have zero access to any windows unless I leave my desk, which I do fairly often but not as often as I would look up and out a window in my former workspace. When I leave at the end of the day, I am slightly dizzied and disoriented. The first week I moved here, I thought it was just getting used to the new space. But it's been ongoing for the past month now, and it's moving into the unacceptable range. My health is otherwise fine, and I am only next door to where I used to be in the same building, so there's no building issues that should be affecting me, and this does not occur at any other time during the day. I am accustomed to spending a lot of time outside -- especially in the summer when I commute by ferry. My apartment has windows in every exterior wall, etc., so not having any window access is new for me, and I really believe it is affecting me.
It will not be possible for me to gain access to windows any time soon, and it's not reasonable for me to get up from my desk every 15 minutes to walk to a window to see what's going on outside (before I would look up from my desk about 10-15 minutes and get up from it about once an hour for 10 minutes) --- in part because I would have to bother others to go look out a window and in part because I have work to do. But I also can't keep feeling dizzy and disoriented upon leaving work at 5 every day, either. It only lasts about 5-10 minutes, but I'd prefer it to not happen at all.
Workplace suggestions for dealing with this? I did find a previous question from 2008 about this
, but thought after 5 years, another go around would be worth it. As this is a reception-like area and not a private office, I am limited in what I can have put up, and my desk is small, so I am also limited in what I can put on it, rendering many of the suggestions from the previous question unusable for me.