The average person will spend a third of their lives working to pay the bills, this figure alone makes us feel tired. As a fast-paced, hardworking nation are we taking the time to rejuvenate and improve our performance at work so that we can stay at the top of our game? Many will find themselves in a tedious routine, overworked and fatigued, resulting in an unmotivated mind state, but there are simple ways to counteract these setbacks and get back on track.
As the UK’s outdoor living specialist, we continuously promote the benefits of spending time in the natural outdoors and how it can help to improve mental health and well-being, especially in a working environment where we spend 8+ hours of our day. Here are few reasons why you should adopt the outdoor living lifestyle.
Improve performance at work
By spending time outdoors, you can significantly reduce the impact of mental fatigue whilst boosting your creativity. If you can spend your breaks and lunches outside you will notice a difference in your physical and mental wellbeing, so go and soak up that sun and get that fresh air circulating around you.
The University of Michigan carried out a study which resulted in a 20% improvement in memory function when participants took a walk outdoors in the countryside as opposed to a busy city environment where the participants did not see a consistent sign of improvement. It is clear that the environment in which you are in can drastically impact how you process information in your memory bank. If you have a presentation or tests ahead of you then take a walk in the woods or park ahead of your working day to give your mind the time and space to absorb the knowledge you need to perform at work.
Prevent tired eyes and headaches
Office workers will spend a significant amount of time with their eyes locked on to a screen, when doing this for long periods of time, uninterrupted, can cause computer vision syndrome, causing blurred vision, eye fatigue, headaches and discomfort. Focusing on short distances can take a real strain which is why it is important to get outside and give your eyes 15 minutes rest for every 2 hours spent looking at the screen. Focus on long distances to help keep your eyes trained.
After years of investing a third of your life to working you most probably want to see your retirement so you can reap the benefits of your hard work to relax and enjoy the good life. By spending a little time outside, you can live longer to see your pension package as studies have revealed that life outdoors can reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and premature death. It’s not all about work so make some time, take on an allotment, start hiking or get yourself a dog.
If you would like to start making the most of your patio terrace then let us help you enhance your lifestyle with our innovative range of outdoor living solutions, from aluminium louvered pergolas to stylish retractable awnings, we have something to suit every budget. Contact our team of knowledgeable advisers today and start your outdoor living journey with Caribbean Blinds – 0344 800 1947