In case you need a little encouragement to peel yourself away and take that vacation or simply even unplug for the weekend, here are 7 reasons why you need to unplug, get into nature and JOMO away.
Immune System Boost
1. Stress often leads to illness and dis-ease in the body. The health benefits of spending time in the forest are plentiful, starting with boosting your immune system. So, if you’ve been feeling run down, sick or generally exhausted, make it a priority to unplug and spend time with the trees. Make like a tree and leaf the office for a nature break. Haha!
2. Nature is the perfect and natural remedy to alleviate stress and overwhelm. Being a leader is usually stressful. As part of your leader self-care, it’s vital to practice regularly finding outlets to relieve stress in ways that promote your overall well-being and health. When you are feeling stressed, it’s the perfect time to unplug and hang out with your new friends, Doug and Fir. That’s a tree joke, in case you missed it ;)
3. Unplugging allows for perspective that can only come from getting away from work. The answer to the questions you’ve been asking can be accessed easily when walking amongst the trees in the forest. Yeah, I know, it feels counter intuitive to step away and unplug, but trust me, it’s so much more effective than skipping breaks, digging in even further into your work by working nights and weekends for long stretches of time. No joking around. It’s not about working more, it’s about working more effectively.
4. With greater perspective comes more breathing room. Soooo, when the walls feel like they are caving in on you, go outside and walk amongst the trees. Practice taking deep breaths, which also helps reduce anxiety, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation. You’ll be amazed how great you’ll feel after even just 15 minutes and feeling ready to jump back in. Ahhhh……
5. Nature increases creativity. Leaders are faced with countless challenges that they need to work through which requires the ability to be innovative and create new solutions that didn’t exist before. Being in a stressful environment is ineffective. The next time you are trying to solve your biggest challenge, try taking a walk in the woods instead of “buckling down." This is a perfect time to have a coaching session too. Through thoughtful questions, soaking up the beauty of a natural environment, a slower pace and inspiration, you will return back to work with new steps and possible solutions to explore.
You can’t afford not to give it a try.
6. Nature boosts your mood. If you’ve been feeling extra grumpy or if your team or family have been giving you not-so-subtle signs that you aren’t pleasant to be around, schedule yourself time away asap! Those you value most will appreciate the boost in your mood and you’ll feel a lot better about yourself in the process. And hey, it doesn’t need to be an elaborate week away in the jungle adventure. Simply 15 minutes a day will have a big effect. Yes, you have time for that.
7. Nature improves short term attention functioning. In a world where our gadgets are designed for us to form addicting habits of checking our technology frequently, it can feel like we have ADHD because it’s becoming harder to focus on a single task or project to completion. Being great requires focus.
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As always, Practice leads to Greatness.
In service to your greatness,