Spending time in the great outdoors can reduce stress levels at work

workplace wellbeing
workplace wellbeing

A twenty to thirty-minute stroll in a park is one of the best ways to improve workplace wellbeing by reducing anxiety levels, especially for people in cities and as a way of dealing with workplace-related stress, claims a new study.

The study by the University of Michigan found that spending time with nature produced a significant drop in the stress hormone cortisol.

The study, led by MaryCarol Hunter, Brenda Gillespie and Sophie Yu-Pu Chen of the University concludes that people with high levels of stress and anxiety should be encouraged to spend time in natural surroundings and, where possible, be allowed to walk and relax in nearby parks and countryside – or even just sitting outside near to a tree.

“Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature,” MaryCarol Hunter said. “You don’t have to travel to the wildlands. Getting out of an office block and sitting next to a tree can be enough.”