The 10-Minute Exercise That Can Help Prevent Work Burnout
You don't even need to leave your desk
Squeezing morning meetings in over rushed coffee sups, gobbling lunch at our desks and swapping social plans for after-work events has become common place in our "sorry, booked and busy" lives.
But beating the slump could be much simpler than you think, as new research suggests a daily 10-minute break in nature can help alleviate stress.
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The study conducted by Cornell University in New York found that catching your breath in a "natural setting" could help "to improve mood, focus and physiological markers like blood pressure and heart rate".
For the experiment, the research team analysed the effects of nature on students aged between 15 and 30.
A 10 to 50 minute break in a "natural setting" can help to improve our mood
To benefit from the great outdoors, all participants had to do was sit or take a walk - that means eating our lunch on a picnic bench or popping out to see friends can significantly improve our mental and physical wellbeing.
Those who work in a bustling city needn't think they should miss out either, as the study emphasises that nature can be defined as anything from a local park to a nearby flower garden.
"This is an opportunity to challenge our thinking around what nature can be," lead author, Gen Meredith, said. "It is really all around us: trees, a planter with flowers, a grassy quad or a wooded area."
If you're really struggling to leave the office on a Monday then the study also suggests that "adding green elements to a built space can produce the same results".
Just the excuse you needed to pop a gram-worthy cheese plant on your desk.