We’re busy people. So busy in fact that many of us barely make it outside the office unless there’s some kind of fire drill or coffee emergency.
But decades of research (and your grandma, probably) tell us sometimes a bit of fresh air and nature is all we need to reset, refuel and get back to it.
Researchers in Melbourne found that people who simply looked at nature for 40 seconds responded better to tasks than those who didn’t.
Hence why the idea of green roofs in city districts is becoming more and more accepted. Not just pretty and good for the environment, but necessary for productivity.
It gets better. There is some evidence that says you don’t even have to look at real-life nature -- it can simply be a picture of Mother Earth.
Researchers from Vrije University Medical Centre in the Netherlands asked 46 students to look at two sets of photos -- one of green scenery, the other a built space -- immediately following and preceding an acutely stressful period.
The findings published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found the green scene was more restorative and worked as a recovery from stress.
Want to give it a try? Check your Zen levels after scrolling through some of Instagram’s most beautiful nature photographers.
Based on Australia's East Coast, Emilie Ristevski's Instagram is like stepping into an ethereal fairytale.
Eu fiquei realmente emocionado com as centenas de mensagens que vocês deixaram na minha foto de ontem! Muito obrigado por todo o carinho! Prometo dar o meu melhor e tentar sempre superar suas expectativas! 😊 I was really touched with the hundreds of messages you guys left me on my photo from yesterday! Thank you so much for all the love! I promise to give my best and always try to exceed your expectations! 😊 Niagara Falls, Canada. 🇨🇦 w/ @rairovsky ❤️
Paulo del Valle is a photographer from Brazil and self-described "citizen of the world."
Matt Donovan is a landscape photographer hailing from Sydney, who manages to capture exactly how breathtaking Australia really is.
Michael Shainblum is a photographer and filmmaker with a knack for capturing truly arresting images of water meeting land.
Travel photography is definitely an expensive hobby, and @USBank helps me cut back spending in areas that don’t help me reach my goals. Every time I buy something, I ask myself if this is something I need or if it’s something that will take away from my ability to go on my next trip. Every penny counts! #spon #ISaveSoICan
Jordan Herschel is an adventurist. Follow him for pure beauty and fun.
Let's take a moment to appreciate Waffles the dog. Waffles appreciates chilling (or warming?) in hotsprings near @gowhistler. ...Don't tell @adventurepepper I hung out with another canine for an hour. Also, another moment to appreciate @legsdiamondgang and @lodgingovations for making my stay in Whistler an absolute delight! You all rock! Seriously. 🙌
Lizzy Gadd is from Vancouver and packages up her love of dogs, nature, hiking and travel perfectly via her Instagram.
Travis Burke has been documenting his travels for over two years and his Instagram is basically wanderlust on steroids.