Remember when you used to tell your parents you felt sick in hopes they would let you miss school, and then they would respond with the dreaded ‘“go get some fresh air”? Well, whether you would like to admit it or not, they were onto something.
Many of us can relate to that feeling of being in a rut at work, whether its creativity block or you just feel a bit stir crazy from the fluorescent lighting. There are now studies that show a direct correlation between connecting yourself with nature and a higher work productivity. So much so that companies like Google, L.L. Bean, and LinkedIn are now making outdoor workspaces.
By changing the air, temperature, and scenery it gives workers fresh inspiration rather than being stuck in a stagnant offi ce. Being surrounded by nature is not only proven to reduce stress, but believe it or not, people actually tend to work harder and stay concentrated for longer. It reduces mental fatigue and improves our physical and mental health. Just by taking a nature walk it has been proven to boost creativity and problem solving skills by 60%. So in other words, we thrive in nature.
As humans we are designed to have a connection to nature and other living things, this phenomenon is called biophilia. It helps explain why we crave a seat with a window when working or enjoying dinner. It also helps explain that feeling of bliss we get when we step outside to a nice breezy and sunny day. Many of the countless benefits of spending time outdoors can also directly boost work quality and satisfaction. For example, walking among trees is shown to increase short-term memory by 20%, and being in fresh air for 20 min provides energy equal to a cup of coffee.