Taking Time To Be In Nature

I have a very specific backdrop for work calls.

It’s not a Zoom screen or a perfectly manicured office. It’s the forest.

And while I’m certain my neighbors think I’m crazy as I wander around talking and laughing “to myself,” the sideways glances are so worth it. Numerous studies have shown that spending time ​​in forests (and even simply looking at trees) reduces blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

In fact, the Japanese even coined a word for this calming experience: “shinrin-yoku,” meaning “forest bathing.” (Isn’t that lovely?)

So, the next time you’re feeling Zoom fatigue, get out from in front of the screen and go soak in your nearest forest.