Taking a break in nature can improve your productivity.
There is something about stepping into the natural setting, breathing the outside air, that improves our overall mood while reducing stress. For me, going on a hike is one of the fastest ways I can unwind and refocus. Ideas have flowed while hiking up a hill or staring from a mountain ridge to a lake below.
A study conducted by Ruth Ann Atchley et al showed that “higher-order cognitive skills improve with sustained exposure to a natural environment.” People were ‘smarter’ after spending time in nature.
“Attention Restoration Theory (ART) suggests that nature has specific restorative effects on the prefrontal cortex-mediated executive attentional system, which can become depleted with overuse. High levels of engagement with technology and multitasking place demands on executive attention to switch amongst tasks, maintain task goals, and inhibit irrelevant actions or cognitions.”
People were ‘smarter’ after spending time in nature.
There are indications that taking a break in the day to step outside can boost productivity as well as improve creativity.