Green Time for Biz
What if 25 minutes a week in nature near your place of work could improve the daily workplace atmosphere (picture smiles and patience) AND improve the health of you and your colleagues, reducing sick days taken?
Well, the stats are in. Business Insider Magazine Lists 11 scientific reasons you should be spending more time outside, which includes restored mental energy, sharper thinking and creativity, and improved concentration. Read the facts, and then contact me to schedule a series of short morning or lunchtime sessions for your staff in a green space near your office.
It’s exciting to see that the health benefits of nature, which we have always known intuitively, are getting a lot of attention in the press lately! Ecotherapy is being added to health plans in Asia and Europe, and is being recognized in the US through studies published in medical journals. NPR, The World Economic Forum, and National Geographic Magazine have all written articles recently about the powerful scientifically based benefits of spending time in nature. The Washington Post compares nature for our health to where yoga was 30 years ago.
In 1982, Japan launched a national health program of Shinrin Yoku, meaning "Forest Bathing" or spending quiet reflective time in the forest with trees. No jogging or workouts, just quiet contemplation and connection. Japan has been studying the physical and psychological benefits of forest bathing since that time. It is not just about fresh air, the trees emit oils as a protection against insects and germs. These oils, called phytoncides, strengthen our immune systems. One way is by increasing the activity of our NK (natural killer) cells which fight off viruses and cancer.
They found that being in a forest lowers our heart rate and our blood pressure. It also lowers your cortisol level, which is the stress hormone, lowering stress. That is huge. We know stress is a core cause and aggravator of many illnesses and lack of energy and joy. Being in nature is scientifically found to reduce depression, feelings of fear and anger, to boost energy, and even to accelerate recovery from surgery. Being in nature is also gaining medical evidence that it helps significantly with ADD/ADHD symptoms. Allergies? Science magazine writes that living in the great outdoors is GOOD for allergies!
What would change in our health, mood, and care for the planet if each of us dedicated ourselves to spending time in nature?
See links on our Research page for more scientifically based articles on these topics.