Being cooped up in an office all day long can leave you feeling tired, cranky, and not so great. Well, there might have a solution for you.
Take your work outside. Being outside does the body, the mind, and the soul some good. Whether it’s a bench in a nearby courtyard, a table at a sidewalk cafe, or a lawn chair in your own backyard, there are so many outdoor places where you can brainstorm, daydream, or create a personal work space.
If I am working from home on a beautiful day, I will take my laptop to my patio. I am even lucky enough to have a little outdoor oasis at the office.
Studies have shown that encounters with nature help alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind, which ultimately contributes to improved work performance and satisfaction.
Here are 6 ways that working outside can benefit your overall well-being:
1. Soak up some sunshine. Get some , one of the fat-soluble vitamins essential to strong bones and a healthy immune system.
2. Take a stroll. No matter how ergonomically-optimized your workstation is, sitting stationary in an office swivel chair for hours on end doesn't enhance your posture. Get out of your seat and onto your feet. When you choose to take a walk, it does your body good. One way to get some daily low-impact exercise is to take meetings outside and walk with your co-workers or colleagues.
3. Commune with nature. When you feel tired at work, your first thought may be to pour yourself another cup of coffee. But a caffeine jolt is just a short-term fix that can come with a crash. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit the natural, healthy way by getting outside and into nature.
4. Breathe in fresh air. Sometimes indoor air pollution can be higher than outdoor pollutant levels. So if you find it more difficult to breathe when you’re at work, your lungs may actually be doing overtime duty by trying to filter double the amount of particulate matter floating around. Get outdoors and exercise your lungs so you can breathe easier and feel better.
5. Cultivate your creativity. Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has also been seen holding meetings on foot. Perhaps you’ve paced back and forth on occasion to drum up ideas. It might help you think outside the box and find the innovative solution you’re looking for.