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Mother Nature Is Calling You - You Should Answer

As a small business leader, you should constantly be in pursuit of ways to make yourself more efficient and more productive - and you should be finding ways to do the same for the people in your charge. We’ve discussed before about how good work-life harmony makes you happier and more productive. A recent study by the University of Exeter in England found that one simple trick, done every day for as little as 17 minutes could improve your mood and make you feel happier.

The trick? Getting outside. The study found that individuals that spent at least two hours per week outside - or 17 minutes a day for six days and one day for 18 minutes each week - reported being in better moods.

Countless studies have shown that spending time outside as often as possible can help to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger. Each of those emotions are negative, have a negative impact on your overall well-being and can affect how productive you are at work.

Scientifically, getting outside exposes you to Vitamin D, something most people that work primarily indoors end up a little deficient in. Other studies showed that even the suggestion of nature or the outdoors made people feel better. One study showed that people felt more creative after looking at the color green for a few seconds; a color often associated with grass, trees and nature. Another study showed that people felt more relaxed and happier after seeing pictures of nature.

Based on all this, it seems like we’re starved for the outdoors more than we think.

As a culture, we’re spending an increasing amount of time staring at screens. Most jobs today revolve entirely on screens. So, as a small business leader, what do you do?

Well, the obvious solution is to make sure you spend time outside yourself. But what about for your employees? Maybe during warmer months, consider a field trip of sorts.

All of the studies agree that you don’t necessarily need to travel to an island oasis or a remote rainforest to benefit from the effects of being in nature.

Most said that people felt just as fine sitting outside at a local park. Maybe arrange for certain meetings to take place at a local park during warmer months, or plan team building activities outside. Encourage the people in business to get away from their screens every day from their screens for a certain amount of time each day, if even just to go for a walk outside of the building.

A little can go a long way. Don’t forget that your mental and emotional well-being is as important to your productivity as your talent or skills.

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