New York, New York (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
A new article from Fast Company notes that abandoning your traditional workspace in favor of a local park bench may provide mood-boosting benefits. This new information benefits entrepreneurs and individuals who work from home and are looking to break out of their traditional working environment. Outdoor enthusiast Joshua Fink offers his opinion in a new statement to the press.
Traditionally, coffee shops and bookstores are the places self-employed professionals frequent when they are trying to complete projects and presentations for work. While these environments can prove useful for those looking to get into a creative frame of mind, in reality, venturing outdoors may be the best thing an individual can do for productivity.
The author explains that up to five percent of the population in temperate regions suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter. This condition can make it difficult to feel inspired, bringing about feelings of depression and sluggishness. A study of Danish civil servants found that those who spent more than two hours a day working outside were less likely to have mood problems. For those who are hit hard by early darkness and the general gray appearance that winter brings, working outdoors for a brief period may help to improve moods and productivity levels.
However, when an individual surrounds themselves with nature, additional benefits can be provides outside of simply keeping SAD at bay. A new study showed that backpackers who returned from four to six days in the outdoors scored 50 percent higher on creative and problem solving exercises compared to when they began their journey into nature.
Outdoors enthusiast Joshua Fink commented on these findings. “Throughout my life I’ve ventured into nature when I need to feel rejuvenated, or need to find peace and clarity. During the winter, you’re cooped up inside all day; looking at the same four walls can become uninspiring. Even a brief stint in nature can make you feel more connected to your environment, and help you attack projects in a new light. To me, these findings make perfect sense.”
For those who don’t have the ability to work outdoors, even a brief walk outside can provide some of the same perks. For instance, instead of ordering lunch, take a brief walk to pick up a sandwich. Instead of sitting at a desk during break times, sit outside or take a brief stroll before returning to work.
Joshua Fink noted, “I’d encourage everyone to spend as much time outside as they can. Whether it’s going for your run on a trail instead of at the gym, or taking your dog for a walk, nature provides many powerful benefits.”
Joshua Fink enjoys spending his free time in nature, and frequently goes canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking, and fishing with his adult children. As a youth, he was an avid mountain climber, scaling some of the highest peaks in the world.