It’s called the great outdoors for a reason. Haven’t you ever noticed a boost in your mood after spending as little as half an hour (or maybe even less) outdoors? Whether you went for a walk or caught some sun on the beach or a rooftop, that time outdoors did plenty of good things for your health.
Even if it’s not completely sunny outside, spending time out from your home or other buildings can increase your absorption of vitamin D, an essential nutrient for maintaining skin and brain health. Time spent outside can also do wonders when it comes to alleviating stress, increasing productivity, and giving you a much needed and completely all natural energy boost.
While this all sounds great, when we come back to our grounded realities, we can’t deny that we’re often spending a significant amount of time indoors, either for work or school. So how are we possibly supposed to expect to get the many health benefits being outside can provide when we’re stuck in cubicles and classrooms for eight, nine, maybe even ten hours a day? Even though you may be limited in the time you can spend outside enjoying nature, there are ways that you can bring nature to your inside environment, as I found out from a helpful post by Care 2.
Of course, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do for yourself is to bring in some small indoor plants to place in your office. The post suggests plants such as orchids, which are super easy to take care of, and bamboo, which has been known to alleviate feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety. I have personally found that even succulent plants work wonders on boosting my mood when I’m working inside. It doesn’t hurt that succulent plants are super low maintenance, which is great for people like me who weren’t exactly born with a green thumb.
If you are able to, try to take your lunch break outside. At the very least, find time at some point during the daywhile the sun is still out to take a brisk walk (even just a five or ten minute lap around the building will be good enough). The time spent outside will refresh you and help you get through the rest of the work the day ahead has in store for you. Once you do get back inside, you may want to listen to a playlist of soothing sounds of nature. I personally like playing the sound of waves crashing as I get work done.
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