4 Ways to Connect With Nature When You Work in an Office
By Dr.Dunner July 18, 2017
Being inside and sitting at a desk all week is part of the job when you work in an office, but that doesn't mean you should let the fluorescent lights and the cubicles keep you from connecting with nature. Many studies have linked sharper concentration, and improved memory and creativity with spending more time in nature. So when things are running slower than normal on the mental front, or you're feeling stressed from tight deadlines and heavy workloads — what your body needs might be more nature and less coffee. Try these 4 tips to help you connect with nature the next time you're feeling slow in the daily 9 to 5 grind.
Go for a walk.
Yes, even if you're in an urban city. Walk outside, appreciate the air on your skin and the breeze through your hair. Take a moment to clear your mind and be grateful for the nature around you, whether it's a curbside garden or a local park.
Keep a plant at your desk.
If you can't go to nature, bring nature to you. Keeping a plant at your desk has many benefits: improving indoor air quality, reducing stress, maintaining focus, and keeping the environment on your mind. You can find some great plants for the office here.
Ditch the cafeteria for greener pastures. Work (and weather) permitting, try enjoying a break outside. Ever wondered why you sleep so well after a day in the sun? Studies show that spending more time outside in the sun during the day helps your body produce more melatonin, that helps you sleep, during the night. So if it comes down to the break room or a bench — opt for the bench.
Turn your commute inside, out.
It's always easy to hop in an Uber or take the metro from Point A to Point B. If it's a nice enough day, hop out or hop off a little earlier and walk the rest of the way. Or better yet, ride your bike or walk the whole way. Once you begin to incorporate nature into your daily routine, you'll find yourself feeling happier, and healthier.