We couldn’t be more excited for this winter to be over. To make the most of the new season, our core team is making some Springtime resolutions—building new habits to improve our mental and physical health, and busting old habits that are slowing us down. Read on to see what we’re changing, and how science is backing us up.
“My new spring habit is to eat the foods that I know my body needs to feel balanced and strong—more veggies, less dairy and gluten. I also want to make a better habit of eating home-cooked meals rather than having lunch out now, especially now that I’m back in the office more.”Natalie, Creative Director
We hear it so often we can forget—research consistently shows that people who eat at least 5 serving of veggies per day are at much lower risk for many diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
“I’m resolving to spend more time outdoors—hiking and beach lounging (lol). I think it’s important for mental health to get the fresh air and sun.”Rachel, Customer Service
Studies have shown that time in nature significantly reduces stress and mood disorders. Taking a 90-minute walk in nature has been shown to calm the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that ruminates on repetitive negative thoughts and emotions, allowing for more balanced mood and a clearer mind.
“What I want for Spring is to be more productive after dinner, and spend that time reading or painting. Right now I feel like all I do with my free time is watch TV or scroll on the phone.”Charlie, Graphic Designer
A study at the University of Sussex found that even just 6 minutes of reading before bed lowered participants’ stress levels by 68%.
“I’m with Charlie—I’m making it a habit to make more time for my own creative projects, especially now that the days are longer and the weather is nicer. Excited to trade that phone-scrolling time for productive creative time, especially if I can be out on the patio in the sun.”Rayna, Copywriter
Taking your work outdoors can make you more productive, creative, and energized. Research from the University of Michigan shows that time outdoors improves both memory and attention span, and studies consistently show connection with nature increases happiness.
That’s it for us! What habits are you building or breaking down in this new season?