In our digitally connected world, it’s easy to forget that being in the great outdoors can cure what ails you. The stress of staring at a screen all day for work or scrolling through a social media feed can take an immense toll on our mental health and even our physical well-being. While we can’t completely escape our dependence on technology, we can alleviate its negative effects by taking a walk outside — or even bringing reminders of nature indoors.
The health benefits of being in nature
Studies have proven that being immersed in nature can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on our health. It’s been shown to lift feelings of depression and anxiety, reduce stress hormone levels, increase our energy rates, and even make us feel happier about where we live. Being in close proximity to nature also encourages us to get enough exercise, increases our vitamin D levels, and reduces air pollution. Some studies have even found that people who live near green spaces actually live longer.
That means that by taking a walk around your neighborhood, discovering a new nature trail, or even meditating in a park can do wonders for your well-being. Of course, most of us can’t spend the entire day outside — and sometimes, we may not be able to get away from the office when we need to most. Fortunately, you may be able to provide some workplace stress relief simply by doing some thoughtful redecorating.
Bringing the outside in
Many of us like to decorate our homes with reminders of nature, like hardwood floors and natural stone. You may also have some landscape photography on your walls or decorate your table with burlap and bowls filled with pine cones. Even if you don’t consciously understand the advantages of decorating your home in this way, you probably feel calmer and more satisfied with your surroundings as a result.
We can use this same principle in our cubicles, our home offices, or in other work spaces. Studies have found that those who work in enriched spaces — meaning decorated with plants or art — are 17% more productive than those who work in lean spaces. Not only will you produce more work, but there are tremendous health benefits of art in the workplace, particularly if they’re themed around nature. You can add nature photography or landscape-themed wall art; succulents or other potted plants; or touches like a small water feature, natural lighting, and some wood or stone to your office or cubicle. Even the addition of an essential oil diffuser or adjusting the blinds to let in more sunshine can allow you to feel happier and more awake at work. And as we all know, happy employees contribute more!
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