Organisations are always looking for ways to improve workplace productivity, develop leaders, engage and help employees work more efficiently. Spending all day inside, in an office or cubicle that reverberates with stress drains attention, saps creativity, reduces productivity, and negatively impacts leadership ability.
To lead effectively the brain needs to be at optimal functioning capacity.
Did you know that spending time in nature can help you deal more effectively with workplace stress and jump-start your brain for success? There is a growing body of research that shows time in nature prepares the brain for optimal functioning. Time in nature also helps to tap into the things we are passionate about, develop a sense of purpose and increase productivity.
Going into nature provides restoration and the opportunity to disconnect or escape phones, computers, televisions,noise and other stress inducing variables which have a negative impact on physical and mental health.
Don’t just take my word for it, here’s the author of a brand new book “Your Brain on Nature”, Dr Alan Logan.
On my Life Guiding walks for Business participants learn Mindfulness – the ability to slow their mind and body down and be in the present moment. This helps their brain to begin to let go of stress and worrying thoughts. Mindfulness is now being utilised in cutting edge leadership development programs, and is recognised as “one of the five big leadership traits.”
Nature is the perfect setting to practice mindfulness and meditation.
To help you get started here is a little exercise you can try for yourself:
1. Find a quiet place in nature and just be. Close your eyes and for just 5 – 10 minutes enjoy the sounds of nature.
2. Notice what is happening in the environment and in you: sounds, sensations, thoughts and feelings. Resist judging them just observe, hear and feel effortlessly.
3. Now focus on your breathing. Don’t force it, just breath in and out as naturally as you can. Saviour the air in the same way you would saviour a meal or a drink.
4. Your mind is going to wonder that’s what it does and that’s okay. Each time it does, simply and effortlessly return your attention back to your breath. As thoughts and emotions come and go, dismiss them, let them go, they will pass away.
…enjoy the journey!
Ian Banyard is a Nature Connection Guide and author of Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature connection. He is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey, to guide others.
Ian lives in Gloucestershire, UK where he guides Natural Mindfulness Walks and provides coaching, courses, gatherings and retreats, for others who want to deepen their connection with nature and their true nature.
To attend a Natural Mindfulness Walk or event, visit Natural Mindfulness Walks
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