It can be easy to get stuck in the mindset that leaders must always be working, when in reality, we need to have time to recharge away from work in order to be effective. Research has shown that spending time in nature has positive impacts on our overall wellbeing, and has stress reducing effects (Hansen et al., 2017).
Time spent in nature has been shown to improve heart rate, autonomic nervous system function, improve focus, and reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms (Hansen et al., 2017).
Task: Your challenge for today is to take a walk in nature, ideally for an hour if you can.
Why: When we spend time in nature, it helps us put our problems in perspective. If our daily minute is akin to brushing our teeth, a walk-in nature is a professional clean from the dentist (without any painful bleeding of course).
To get the full benefit, leave your phone at home so the sounds of nature can improve your mood.
If you are interested in making hiking or nature walking a regular part of your life, I highly recommend purchasing The “2020 GUIDE TO HIKING TRAILS IN OTTAWA AND REGION” by GirlGoneGood. The link for more information is listed in the references.
Hansen, M. M., Jones, R., & Tocchini, K. (2017). Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) and nature therapy: A state-of-the-art review. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(8), 851.
A 2020 Guide to Hiking Trails in Ottawa and Region. Girl Gone Good. A 2020 Guide to Hiking Trails in Ottawa and Region (DIGITAL COPY) by