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Evidence Based Work

From Ayurveda in India 6,000 years ago to Traditional Chinese Medicine 4,000 years ago, from Cyrus the Great in ancient Persia to Hippocrates in Ancient Greece, nature has been a valued ally for health for human beings. In the past four decades there has been a resurgence in the interest of nature as medicine. With health care systems worldwide over burdened by the increasing numbers of non-communicable diseases and the correlation of stress as the underlying factor for chronic disease, different researchers around the world are looking more closely at how nature is essential for human health and how it is instrumental in preventable health care. the health of team members is important as it contributes to the overall else of the company.

The interdependence of human health and nature has existed since the beginning of time. This is reflected not only in the fields of evolutionary biology but also in the evidence that exists of healing practices rooted in nature. Through the ages we have witnessed how different schools of health have relied, learnt and evolved from nature in their development and applications.

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.”

Paracelsus

Forest Bathing

 

There is documented scientific evidence that Forest Bathing can contribute to increase focus and restore the nervous system, support managing stress and parasympathetic nervous system activity and also contribute to increase creativity and strengthen team spirit.

Increased Focus: In a 2018 study by Pasanen, TP et al, that questioned How Attentional Focus is Related to Post Visit Restorative Nature Experiences Experiences, Creativity, and Emotional Well-Being, researchers found that of the 565 participants in the study, 57% demonstrated an increase in attentional focus. You can read more HERE.

 

Stress Management: Kobayashi, H et al demonstrated that a forest environment can support increase activity activation of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) by 80%. 625 of the young adults exposed both forest environment and urban environment demonstrated that there is great benefit from being in a forest environment to support the body’s innate stress recovery system. You can read more on this 2015 study HERE.

 

Creativity: In a 2020 study by Chia Pin et al, designed to evaluate the effect of Forest therapy on Creativity, the results showed that the 3 day Forest Therapy workshop contributed to physical and mental health by regulating physiological responses and increasing positive emotions and decreasing negative emotions. The results also showed that the Forest therapy workshop increased performance creativity by 27%. Read more HERE.

57% of participants in a study with 565 young adults showed increase in attentional focus after spending time in nature

Reset Nature Boost

 

Being able to take your team out into nature is not always possible. Bringing nature inside the office or at home can support focus and productivity, stress management and balance and stimulate. creativity. Several research studies that explore the benefits of biophilic environments, aromatherapy and chromotherapy have demosntrated numerous benefits for general health and wellbeing of humans in office settings.

 

Indoor Plants and Focus and Productivity: As early as 1998, larsent, L et al were studying the effects of Plants in the Workplace and specifically the effects of plant density on Productivity, Attitudes, and Perceptions. The results of this study made with 81 office workers showed that participants reported higher levels of mood, perceived office attractiveness, and perceived comfort when plants were present than when they were not present. Participants showed better productivity when plants were present when they had to comoplete the assigned tasks. You can read more about this study HERE.

 

Aromatherapy and Stress Management: In a study with 95 participants designed to measure the impact of aromatherapy on stress scores, stress index, sympathetic nerve activity, serum cortisol levels, and blood pressure, study results demonstrated that the group of participants exposed to aromatherapy had a signifgicant decrease in stress, both quantitative and qualitative results demonstrated this. You can read more about this 2018 Ikliyul Bae et al study HERE.

 

Creativity: Plambecht T et al studied the impact of nature on creativity amongst Danish creative professioanls and determined that nature does indeed positively impact the creative process. You can read the full study HERE.

Exposure to nature and natural environments has a positive impact on creativity.

Circle

 

The practice of Authentic Communication and Active Listening has been scientifically demonstrated to support Team Building and Creative Problem Solving

 

In a 2017 study published in the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Guy Itzchakov et al looked into the effect of Listening Circles in employees emotions and cognition. The study predicted that perceiving good listening decreases employees’ social anxiety, which allows them to engage in deeper introspection, as reflected by increased self-awareness. This increased self-awareness enables an acknowledgement of the pros and cons of various work-related attitudes and can lead to attitudes that are objectively more ambivalent and less extreme. Further, the study hypothesized that experiencing good listening will enable speakers to accept their contradictions without the evaluative conflict usually associated with it (subjective-attitude ambivalence). The results suggest that the Listening Circle is an effective intervention that can benefit organisations. See the full study HERE.

The practice of Authentic Communication and Active Listening has been scientifically demonstrated to support Team Building and Creative Problem Solving

Outdoor Meetings

 

Taking your teams outdoors into nature to inquire on strategic decisions and creative problem solving has been shown to enhance stress management capabilities and bring balance, focus and increased productivity as well as support the connection between team members rending them more creative.

 

Stress Management and Balance: In 2014 Lee J et all studied the health benefits of forest walking on cardiovascular reactivity. Cardiovascular responses to walking in forest and urban environments were investigated in 48 adult males. The researchers concluded that walking in the forest environment may promote cardiovascular relaxation by facilitating the parasympathetic nervous system and by suppressing the sympathetic nervous system. In addition, forest therapy may be effective for reducing negative psychological symptoms. You can find the full study HERE.

 

Team Building and Creativity: In a 2012 study led by Stayer et al, In a four day immersion in nature study, where fifty-six hikers were disconnected from multimedia and technology, tests were applied during the trip that showed a 50% increase in performance on a creativity, problem-solving task. Researchers put forward the hypothesis that this improvement comes from an increased exposure to natural stimuli that are emotionally positive. See the full results HERE.

Being in Nature can support up to 50% increase in creative problem solving

Press Play & Pause

 

Sometimes all we need is a break! It is important that employees have the flexibility to take charge of their own self-care. When the company one works for offers us the possibility to take active charge of our stress management and balance, our focus and productivity increase.

 

Stress Management and Balance: In 2020, Yasuhiro Kotera et al did a systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate the effects of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) and Nature Therapy on Mental Health. Of the 20 studies they looked at, they concluded that shinrin-yoku is effective for mental health, particularly anxiety. Shinrin-yoku can be practiced in 15 min to 9 days, and reduce negative mental health symptoms. Find the full study HERE.

 

Focus & Productivity: It is well known that depression is an impediment to focus and productivity. In a 2017 Systematic Review that aimed to analyse the Effects of Forest Therapy on Depressive Symptoms among Adults, Lee et al systematically reviewed 21 studies published in English and 45 published in Korean that evaluated forest therapy programs designed to decrease the level of depression in adults. In these studies, 21 revealed significant improvement in the levels of depression after the program when compared to the beginning of the study. The study concluded that forest therapy is an emerging and effective intervention for decreasing adult’s depression levels and that more study is needed in this field. You can read the full study HERE.

Shinrin-Yoku is effective for mental health, particularly anxiety.

Wellbeing Breakout Pod

 

Having a space at the office dedicated to wellbeing can greatly support your teams in becoming more balanced and having a real space for managing their stress levels. This in turn allows for increased focus and productivity and potentially moire creativity.

 

Stress Management and Balance: In 2020, Jie Yin et al studied and published the Effects of biophilic indoor environment on stress and anxiety recovery. Biophilia hypothesis suggests humans have an innate connection to nature which may affect our health and productivity. The results showed that participants in three spaces with biophilic elements had consistently lower levels of physiological stress indicators and higher creativity scores. Fnd the full study HERE.

 

Focus and Productivity: In a 2018 study that aimed to investigate the physiological and cognitive performance of exposure to biophilic indoor environment, researchers observed a 14% improvement in short-term memory and concluded to the possibility of reducing stress and improving cognition by using virtual reality to provide exposures to natural elements in a variety of indoor settings where access to nature may not be possible. See the full study HERE.

 

Creativity & Reset: In a randomised controlled study with 60 participants, an essential oil blend of lemon, eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint was offered for inhalation and the participants evaluated for perceived stress, stress index, autonomic nervous system activation, depression and sleep state. The results showed that the participants that experienced the aromatherapy had significant reduction in their perceived stress levels and depression and significant increase in sleep quality. See the full study HERE.

A Biophilic indoor environment can improve short-term memory up to 14%