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?)