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11 Reasons Workplace Wellness in the Forest Helps You Relax

11 Reasons Workplace Wellness in the Forest Helps You Relax

You’re sitting at your desk, trying to prepare for an important meeting. You feel stressed and overwhelmed, with no creative flow. Stop. Close your eyes. Imagine you’re at Haliburton Forest.

Hear the birdsong and gentle breezes blowing through lush green leaves. Smell the pine needles blanketing the forest floor. Feel the sunlight warming your skin. Touch the moss growing on a large rock. Just breathe.

When you feel well, you are more energetic, focused and productive. Not only is that great for you, but it benefits your company too. When all the employees experience wellness, the company is healthy, strong and successful.

Forest Bathing Reduces Inbox Stress & Improves Workplace Wellness

Called Shinrin-yoku in Japan, forest bathing involves spending time unplugged in the forest being very present and aware of your surroundings. This exercises all of your senses and develops your intuition. Forest therapy has been a conscious practice in Japan since the 1980s and has become integral to the nation’s preventative health care and healing.

If just meditating about being in the forest can make you feel better, imagine how energized and productive you’ll feel after experiencing the real thing! When you absorb the forest through your senses, it brings you closer to nature. Your group will appreciate leaving behind the stress and frenzy. Even just a couple of hours or a daytime excursion brings real benefits. You’ll be refreshed and ready to take on new professional challenges.

A new meta-analysis in the journal Environmental Research finds that people who spend more time in green spaces have significantly reduced risks of a number of chronic illnesses.

This research found wide-ranging health benefits from forest bathing across 143 studies with a total 290 million participants from 20 different countries.

11 Reasons to Book a Workplace Wellness Retreat at Haliburton Forest

Forest bathing improves:

  1. Immune system function
  2. Ability to focus
  3. Mood
  4. Energy level
  5. Sleep quality
  6. Overall health

Forest bathing reduces:

  1. Recovery time from surgery or illness
  2. Blood pressure
  3. Heart rate
  4. Stress level
  5. Risk of several diseases

Leave Your Devices Behind

All you need are your five senses to receive the benefits of time spent in Haliburton Forest on workplace retreat. One of the ways we benefit from workplace wellness retreats in the forest is by inhaling aromatic compounds from plants (called phytoncides), which support our immune system, helping us to fight infections and the inflammation.

In one study, researchers found that people who took a long walk through a forest for two days in a row increased their natural killer cells by 50% and the activity of these cells by 56%. Those activity levels also remained 23% higher than usual for the month following those walks. — Time

The Fun Factor

Enjoying the physical activity you do increases that activity’s mental health benefits. Nature has a calming effect on humans. It also increases energy and engagement, while reducing stress, anger and depression. Workplace wellness programs should be fun and make you feel better: win win.

How Workplace Wellness Benefits Your Entire Organization

Block quote: Stress-related absences cost Canadian employers about $3.5 billion each year. (Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)

Positive effects on your employees’ health will have positive effects on the health of your organization. When people are healthier, they are more focussed and efficient. Taking your corporate wellness outdoors empowers your employees to be their best, most productive selves. Consider planning your next workplace retreat at Haliburton Forest. Our staff can help you choose from our many activities to create a custom group package that’s right for you. Take a hike together, try mountain biking, challenge each other to rock climbing, or see who can catch the biggest fish.

Activities take place year round and vary according to the season. Take a Canopy Tour to truly appreciate the changing scenery. There’s so much to do here, you’ll want to spend more than one day. Check out our holiday units and The Cookhouse restaurant.

Try Working Outside

Taking your work outside can also improve workplace wellness. Download this infographic now to find out how.

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