Every year when spring arrives everyone gets antsy to shake off the winter blues! Since we all struggle to stay focused in the confinement of our own offices, it’s natural to fall into a monotonous daily routine, and we often put important de-stressing activities on the back-burner.
Time to Get Outside!
According to a 2008 study completed at the University of Michigan, both memory and attention improve significantly for people after interacting with nature. In other words, time spent outside actually increases productivity in other areas of life!
Here are 3 ways you can take advantage of the healthy benefit the outdoors provides.
Take an afternoon walk-
The busy work week makes it hard to find time to adventure outdoors. But a quick 20-30 minute walk outside can be enough to bring your mental awareness back into focus. Reconnecting with the outdoors washes the mind of unnecessary strain, and leave you feeling reenergized and content.
Embrace the spirit of adventure-
Whether it’s a weekend hiking trip in a new location, a day spent at a different beach, or an afternoon spent starting a garden, giving ourselves designated time to explore new environments is extremely healthy. As curious beings, it’s important to surround ourselves in new environments. Committing to and completing a different task also leaves you with positive feelings of accomplishment.
You don’t need to be on the set of a romantic comedy to justify an evening of stargazing. Time spent looking to the sky is actually a very underrated form of meditation. Not only does it provide peace of mind and relaxation, it gives us time to reflect on our bigger goals and place in the universes.
In addition to relieving stress, improving memory, and providing overall feelings of happiness, going outside also improves our concentration and focus. So for the benefit of your health and productivity, go out and enjoy the great outdoors!
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