Simply stepping out into nature has numerous benefits: It decreases stress and increases happiness. It helps with concentration. It even has positive effects on heart disease, diabetes and insomnia. It can also help you be more creative.
So the next time you have a creative block, forget leaning in. Instead, turn off your screen and head outside. Take a walk, hit up a park or sling a hammock between a couple of trees. Marvel at Mother Nature’s creativity when you see a dandelion in bloom mid-sidewalk.
And bring nature into your office, too. One study found a 15 percent increase in productivity among offices with indoor plants. You can also invest in a light therapy lamp and hang nature-inspired artwork, or simply set your computer background to an outdoor shot.