The Benefits Of Green Spaces At Work
Tropical trees, shrubs, succulents and plant walls, oh my!
Green spaces are all the rage at the moment. But why? Well, there are more than a few reasons. Great aesthetics is one, their appealing nature and also the use of the space for fun group activities and outdoor meetings are some other reasons.
There's also science behind these spaces and if you are lucky to have one in your workplace or suburb, you are already benefiting!
Did you know?
Green space exposure and being in close proximity to one has been shown to increase general health? In fact, the more someone visits the green space the better their general health is!
Impact on mental health:
A 2011 study reported that the more green surroundings someone had improved their mental health specifically. This is because of an increased perception in social support and they exercised more regularly.
It is interesting to note that the closer and larger the green space is decreased the amount of anxiety and mood disorder cases.
All of these contributing factors show the real importance of having a local green space available in corporate jungles.
Brighten up your office with plants, break out spaces and if you can - an outdoor green area. If space is an issue, take a look at your local area map. St Leonard's - Sydney, for example, has a great new green space that is in close walking distance from most buildings. Why not encourage lunch breaks there or even a meeting once in a while.
Getting outdoors is great for the soul, but surrounding yourself in green trees, real plants and fresh air has many mental health benefits that should not be overlooked.
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