Feeling rushed? Panicked even?
Is anxiety getting the best of you? Are the walls pushing in, your lunch hour squeezed into a few minutes, break time feeling more like a breaking point?
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The Washington Post gets in on the act as well. From Wapo june 29, 2015, in a nutshell:
“…University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance…”
“... the researchers had participants take a break for 10 minutes in a quiet room to look at pictures of a nature scene or city street. Again, they found that cognitive performance improved after the nature break, even though it was only on paper.”
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Enough of science, let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
Green is good. Grass is great. Trees are terrific. Flowers are fantastic. Skies are scintillating. Depth is delicious. Horizons are hor-…uh…hir-…uh..calming.
Anyway, the gist of it all is that looking at nature, at green living things, is good for us.
I understand that not everyone can leave their desk for a walk on a dirt path in a field of clover. Sometimes finding the time to gaze across a hay field and listen to the cattle munching is impossible. Or maybe you live in one of those places where cement has covered what used to be green and fertile.
The answer is surprisingly easy. Get yourself some art. Plunk it on your desk between the
pencil cup and stapler so you can see it easily. Better yet, really invest in your well-being and acquire a
larger piece. Hang it on the wall, right over the chair where your boss
plants herself. You can pretend to pay attention while gazing at something
really important – like an image of the great big beautiful world around you. And feel your stress melt away.
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