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Are you energized by a beautiful spring day? Once you leave the office for lunch, does it clear your head and help you focus more? There are good reasons for these feelings. Experts say it’s the power of nature. Research shows that being outdoors has benefits to physical and mental health. But how can we take advantage of those benefits when we spend a whopping 95% of our time inside? Especially when half of that time is spent at work. Experts say there’s a way to work more time with nature into your life – both in and out of the office. The latest research into biophilia – man’s innate relationship to nature – shows that the outdoors can increase our productivity, creativity and happiness. In addition, spending more time outside can provide a wide range of benefits including:
- Reduced stress
- Improved short-term memory & concentration
- Decreased risk of illness and absenteeism
- Better sleep
Experts say it’s not just about taking breaks, but instead reaffirming the connection. With technology creating a more dynamic and flexible workforce that allows employees to work from anywhere, there’s a movement underway to encourage everyone to spend more time outside – even at the workplace.