It’s pretty common for us office warriors to find ourselves inside of a building for eight hours per day at a minimum simply because our offices are inside.

If you are a “normal” office worker, you are in/around your office from approx. 8AM to 4:30PM, preparing/eating dinner at home from 6PM to 7:30PM, and sleeping from 10PM to 6AM. Somewhere in there, you probably exercise, and hopefully that’s outside. If your routine resembles anything even close to this, here is an argument for switching up the style on your day-to-day.

A daily routine as outlined above shows a guaranteed 18 of 24 hours inside…That’s roughly 75% of your existence spent without fresh air or sunlight. Let that sink in…

We are all “busy” one way or another, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, we should find something lacking in a lifestyle which produces the actual definition of cabin fever.

A seemingly disregarded study by Berman, Jonides, and Kaplan from 2008 argues for the necessity of humans to interact with nature in order to perform at their optimal capacity; in short, the restorative value of fresh air and pure sunlight improves cognitive function significantly…so much so, that consistently getting less than 20 minutes per day of nature will render cognitive function obsolete.

I argue one step further: a human’s lack of interaction with Earth drains the mind and body of the energies required to function at an optimal or even average level. If you’ve ever wondered why you feel drained after a full day of sitting at a computer or in a board room, please try sharing this article or the links included with your co-workers and/or supervisor…and agree to get out of a building for more than just a lunch break…We might even make it a goal to be outside for 3 or 4 hours per day, snow or shine. We are humans, after all!

Comments and thoughts on personal experience are encouraged!

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