As the days start to become longer and the weather turns warmer, many of us breathe a sigh of relief that the joys of spring are just round the corner. Yet how many of us actually take advantage of this ‘free’ mood booster?
Recently, on our LinkedIn page we shared an article outlining a new project which is launching, aimed at encouraging employers to track the positive impact that nature and the great outdoors can have on wellbeing and productivity.
At The Wellbeing Project, we’re avid fans of identifying quick and effective mood boosters, which will help shake off a negative mindset and free up those creative thought processes. Here are some simple, everyday ways our team take advantage of the great outdoors and keep a spring in our step:
- Take a walk: whether it’s getting off the bus/tube one stop earlier or parking slightly further from the office, enjoying a 5-10 minute brisk walk in the fresh air does wonders for blowing away the cobwebs at the start of the day.
- Walking meetings: not all meetings need to take place in the confines of the office, particularly if they only involve a couple of people – why not take advantage of a local park and walk while you talk. If it’s raining, is there a nearby gallery or exhibition space which could provide a different backdrop to your conversation?
- Lunch in the sun: one of our daily rituals includes downing tools and stopping to enjoy a nutritious lunch. Weather permitting, the onset of Spring sees us taking our lunch outside – 10-20 minutes outside over the lunch-time period provides a welcome break of fresh air and natural daylight. There’s nothing better for setting you up for a productive afternoon.
- Take another walk: by the end of the day, our minds are often buzzing with the events of the day. Taking time to ‘walk it out’, either on the way home, or after we get home, helps us decompress and make the shift from our professional to our personal life. Paying attention to the sounds, smells and sensations of the great outdoors (either urban or rural) brings us back into the ‘now’ and allows us to mentally file what’s happened in our day.
Spring is a great time of year to start taking advantage of what’s on our doorstep – how will you start taking advantage of what’s on yours?