A win-win situation
We all know we should be good to the environment, but the benefits sometimes don’t seem like enough of a draw when being green is inconvenient. But here’s the thing: Green living is clean living, and every step you take to be kind to the environment pays you back in health benefits. Read on to find out how being good to Mother Earth is good for your mind, body, and soul.
Biking to work can reduce stress
Leaving your car at home and getting to the office by foot or bike helps you burn less fuel, but it can also have a double dose of benefits for your body and mind. You’re burning kilojoules in a time when you’d normally be sitting in traffic, but that’s not all: A study of 123 Canadian employees found that those who had cycled instead of driving or taking public transportation had the lowest levels of stress 45 minutes into the workday.
Using windows, not lamps, boosts productivity
It’s not in your head that the fluorescent lights in your office feel totally depressing. In a small study, volunteers worked from 12 pm to 8 pm in a room either mainly lit either by daylight or artificial light. By the second day in those conditions, those who were taking advantage of sunlight were less sleepy at the end of the workday and performed better on cognitive performance tests. Keep the blinds open and you’ll cut your energy bill and feel more energised.