The Great Outdoors
These days we spend more and more time working indoors, leaving us less time for an outdoor social life. Long days without fresh air can leave us feeling tired and unproductive. But by taking frequent outdoor breaks, we become more relaxed, we think more clearly and have a greater sense of well-being. The outdoor environment can also boost our creativity!
Interestingly, even when we’re at home, we’re spending more and more of this time indoors - in front of computers, phones and the TV. The fact is that today we are spending 25% less time outside than we were 20 years ago. When we stay indoors for long periods, we expose the body to artificial lights and very little natural light and we continually breathe in recycled air. This means that the level of oxygen in the air around us is not optimised – which leads to feelings of exhaustion, dizziness, headaches and irritability.
Daylight keeps the energy up and the mood positive
Spending time outdoors can reduce stress levels and relax the body. Breathing in the fresh air makes us feel rejuvenated and the sunlight helps us to feel more alert. Have a coffee in the sun, take a short walk or sit outside to work if possible. We receive very little Vitamin D from our diets, it almost entirely comes from sunlight. (Unless you supplement your diet with tablets or cod liver oil for example.) Vitamin D is vital in order to maintain a healthy immune system.
Have a meeting outdoors
Spending time amongst nature is not only good for our well-being, but it also increases creativity. The greenery makes us more imaginative which can help us to think outside the box. Try holding a meeting outside if the weather is nice, or why not combine the meeting with a walk? Walking and talking can help your thoughts and conversation flow freely. This is doubly good if you have a largely sedentary job – the body craves movement!
Allow nature into the workplace
It doesn’t take much to make your workplace feel a lot fresher! The easiest way is to occasionally open the windows and let in some fresh air. Furnishing your workplace with green plants is also a great idea as they oxygenate the air! We hope that these tips will give you some ideas on how to stay happy and productive whilst working long hours indoors!