Getting outdoors can sometimes sound really daunting, especially when a Netflix-binge (Chelsea Handler’s new docu-series anyone?) is only a few clicks away.
Although making time to get outdoors is imperative, not only for your health, but also for the wellbeing of your business. After all, there is really only one way to get Vitamin D, so make like Sheryl Crow and soak up the sun armed with these reasons why -
It boosts your immunity
Let’s face it, you’re not going to be able to tackle that ever-increasing inbox or meet with clients if you’re fighting a nasty cold. Spending time outdoors gets you out of a germy office or home where stale air is constantly circulating. Plus, a quick burst of light exercise, like a walk around the block, can increase your natural virus-killer cells which fight off infection.
The scents in nature are natural stress relievers
Lavender has long been used for its calming effects and while it may not be feasible to take a stroll through a lavender field, there are similar benefits to be found in your own backyard.
So skip that afternoon cup of coffee, or take it to go, and spend 15 minutes walking outside of your office or around your neighborhood.
It is a great place for networking
Perhaps the easiest way to connect with like-minded people is by sharing an interest or a sport. Also, when people are doing what they love, they’re happy and easy to chat up. Try out an outdoor sport, or join a Meetup group in your area.
Plus, the elevator pitch can be much longer when you’re suspended on a chairlift, or on a long hike in your hometown, so take advantage of the time by talking business with your new friend!
It gets your creative juices flowing
Getting outdoors and exercising can completely quiet your mind and give you some relaxation. It is the best time to have an “aha!” moment, when the solution to a problem just hits you out of the blue. Since it also decreases stress and energizes you, it’s the perfect time to think about your business and just get into tune with what is and isn’t working.
Bonus - you can grab a co-worker and maybe make a new friend that will help you feel more connected at the office, which in turn will boost productivity.
It gives you a much-needed break
This one may seem really obvious but taking a break is necessary to productivity.
Whether it’s a long weekend spent away from (gasp!) cell reception or just a few minutes in your backyard, unplugging from the constant barrage of information can do wonders for your concentration. Doing a lot of heavy “mental lifting” will deplete your cognitive reserves and taking a break replenishes those reserves so you can work smarter, not harder. You’ll be able to make creative connections you may not have been able to if you were run down.
So what are you waiting for? Find a new walking route and get to stepping!
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