“Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.”
– American Poet & Essayist Gary Snyder
Kick Off Your Shoes
So, why not take a step back to basics? Read more here, follow a few precautions, then kick off those shoes and feel the earth beneath your feet.
Use Nature-Based Task Management
We tend to assume that a productive day is one where we’re tied to our desks. But science backs the idea that different environments – especially natural ones – can spark creativity and enhance cognitive function.
One thing you can try is assigning different outdoor settings for different tasks. E.g., the park for brainstorming, strategic thinking near a lake, or reading reports under a tree.
This change in surroundings stimulates fresh perspectives and new ways of thinking. Why not give it a try?
Steve Grant, Entrepreneur
Founder of the award-winning Figment Agency, Steve Grant, uses his mornings to care for both mind and body. He:
- Meditates: “Meditating in the morning really helps calm my nervous system, which helps me think more clearly.”
- Goes outside for some daylight. “Especially in winter, this helps balance the circadian rhythm – the body’s natural internal clock.”
- Exercises – such as cycling, running, or HITT. “Exercising early on helps both mood and cognitive function, allowing me to excel during the working day.”
- Drinks Japanese matcha tea. “It has a waking and calming effect and gives long-lasting energy without the typical post-lunch crashes you get with coffee.”
Why it works:
- Meditation is shown to help balance the nervous system, reducing stress and improving health.
- Morning sunlight boosts serotonin and regulates your body clock.
- Steve is right – exercise really is all that.
- Matcha is antioxidant-rich and research suggests it boosts brain function.
What’s your go-to morning drink?