“Soak in the green”, get into nature

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

“Soak in the green” is something I’m often saying to clients. I try to arrange walking meetings where I can.

Stop and take a breath

There is no point working yourself into a wreck as that’s not why you started your business or pursued your career ambitions. It also makes you difficult to work with and you’re unlikely to have a loyal team, never mind levels of productivity, success rates, absences etc

So, as today is Friday…woohoo! Get outdoors, even if the weather isn’t great , wear multiple layers and get out into nature, even if it’s just a local park for 20 minutes.

Time is now on your side with the stretch in the hours of daylight. Set yourself a new habit of spending at least 20 minutes outdoors in a green area each day. Ideally this should be a walk according to research but even it’s just sitting in your garden with a cuppa, that’s a step forward.

The research proves it:

  • Recent research by Dr MaryCarol Hunter at the University of Michigan has suggested GPs prescribe “nature pills” to patients suffering from anxiety and other stress-induced issued. Her study found that spending 20 to 30 minutes in surroundings that provide a “sense of nature” lowered stress hormones by about 10%.

  • Two long-term Harvard studies found that briskly walking 20 minutes a day may reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30%.

  • In 2018 University of East Anglia published a study, the summary was “Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits -- according to new research. A new report reveals that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.” [check out the story on Science Daily]

Action! Set yourself a goal to walk 20 minutes at least 5 times a week and start a walking group with colleagues if you think you’re not likely to stick to it. Lunchtime/before work/after work – there is time in the day, if you think your health is important enough to be a priority.

In Northern Ireland we’re lucky as we have easy access to a lot of green space. So, there’s really no excuse, is there?

Check out my podcasts and blogs for more advice and do get in touch if you would like help to navigate the people landscape in your business

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