Is it time for a break from the grind of everyday life? The great outdoors is there…waiting. Nature in all its glory, from the scenery to the plant life to the wild animals. Maybe it's time to get away & recharge your brain...

Urbanization Is Driving Us Indoors, And That’s Not A Good Thing

Cities often make an effort to include green spaces and parks, but many of us are unable to walk through nature, away from cars and pollution and the hustle and bustle of civilization. Using neuroscience, researchers have studied the relationship between humans and time being exposed to natural environments. People who live nearer to green space tend to have lower levels of stress, and reduced anxiety and depression (Pearson, 2014).

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. You would not neglect a broken arm, so why would you neglect your mind? If you are stressed out and fed up with dealing with work or your personal life, maybe you need to take a break and recharge.

I Hate Bugs. I Hate Grass. I Can't Do It

Before you write off the idea of spending time in nature, stop and really consider what you are missing. Have you ever packed a backpack and just walked on your own around a natural forest? Public lands and parks are available, almost no matter where you live. If roughing it is too frightening for you, consider a campground.

Many parks offer the use of equipment, and if you absolutely cannot stand the idea of sleeping in a tent, consider a weekend RV or camper. A little Internet sleuthing can be your ticket out of the crazy, manic world and into some much-needed peace & quiet.

So Why Should I Camp Out And Be In Contact With The Wilderness?

Your brain needs you to take care of it. If you want to perform at your very best at work and in your personal life, you need to take some time to take care of yourself. So many of us give and give and give, and eventually, there’s nothing left to give. Don’t let yourself burn out, take a break before things get too bad.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.

Khalil Gibran, Lebanese writer and poet

How aware are you of your environment? At work, you probably hear the lift whoosh open, or smell fresh coffee, or hear chatter from the break room. But when did you last hear squirrels talk to each other, or see a snake slither in the grass, or feel the wind and sun on your bare neck? Have you ever slept under the stars? Developing your awareness is crucial to be a good leader, you need to get away from your day-to-day distractions and see yourself, and your future.

Resetting Your Brain

It’s never too late. You can increase your awareness and give your brain a chance to reset when you spend time outdoors. By increasing awareness, you can increase your agility, and learn how to be ready to react in this disruptive, always-on world.

Pearson, D. G., & Craig, T. (2014). The great outdoors? Exploring the mental health benefits of natural environments. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1178.

Originally posted on: 21 November 2017
Last updated on: 25 February 2024

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Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

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