While the world seeks recovery from a global pandemic, people are finding mental clarity by taking their work outside.
The Advantages of Taking Your Office Outdoors
Research shows that spending 20 minutes outside at least three times a week, can help reduce stress. It affects our overall health and well-being. Sunshine provides our bodies with vitamin D. Additionally, those who are outside in fresh air daily tend to have more positive mood levels. Nature can improve mental clarity, help with anxiety, and clear the static that comes with everyday life. Clean air is known to raise energy levels, and in return, people are able to better focus on what needs to get done.
Since Covid struck in 2020, the world has tried to adapt to the “new normal”. Asheville experienced numerous effects: from business closings (some indefinitely), to widespread sickness, and prevailing loneliness, just to name a few. Remote work became the new way of life for many. Zoom meetings were held around the clock, just as if the office had never closed (only now meetings were held in a “business on the top, pajamas on the bottom” sort of protocol).
The Work-From-Home Trend
Surprisingly enough, this work-from-home trend has only increased since 2020. The Pew Research Center reports that as of 2022, 60% of workers want to work from home all or most of the time. That’s a 6% increase over 2020 surveys. While many corporations still feel uncomfortable with totally remote working environments, most business entities are finding compromise with hybrid-models and flexible work-from-home days.
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Why Bring Your Office Outdoors?
Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your physical and mental well-being. Here are some ways nature has been known to benefit your mental health:
- Reduces stress and/or anger
- Relaxes the mind and body (birds chirping, water flowing, no traffic)
- Less distraction, which makes for a great work environment
- Sparks creativity
- Increases the desire for physical activity
- Improves mood
- Provides mental clarity, and it is so crucial take a break from indoor lighting and staring at screens all day
How to Take Your Office Out of The Building
We all come from different walks of life. Whether you work in a cubicle, a factory, or from the top floor of a law firm, the mind (and eyes) need a break from artificial lighting. If working inside feels like a forceful, eternal punishment, you may find rejuvenation in the ability to take your office outdoors. Many are finding it highly beneficial to complete tasks outside of the typical workspace, whenever possible.
Since Covid struck the globe, mental health has plummeted. Vitamin D deficiencies do not help this situation. If you spend a majority of your work life indoors, there are ways to tap into nature and implement some healthy outdoor connections.
If you work remotely, or in a hybrid position, take your office outside. Go in your backyard, grab a picnic table at a local park or greenway, or grab a coffee at a local joint and sit on their back patio. Hit up the balcony if you live in an apartment. Just getting some fresh air and natural lighting can completely alter your mindset.
Going outside can actually increase your body’s oxygen intake. So if you feel yourself taking a big deep breath the second you walk outside, it’s because your body craves it! This added oxygen will help you think more clearly, raise your level of energy, and spur creative ideas. In turn, after becoming more productive, you can better spearhead and tackle those tasks that have recently smothered your mind.
How to Make Your Outdoor Office More Reliable and Permenant
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