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Tired & Uninspired at Work? Try This Quick Life Hack

Tired & Uninspired at Work? Try This Quick Life Hack

Picture this. You have been sitting for what seems like an eternity, trying to come up with a good idea or a clever line. But inspiration continues to elude you, and a fifth cup of coffee does not help.

What should you do?

Ideally, you should step out and take a stroll in the woods, by the beach, or in a parkóbecause spending time with nature can boost your cognitive performance by more than 20 percent, say scientists at the University of Michigan.

But what if your office is set in the middle of the city with nary a tree in sight — not even an indoor plant in the cubicle?

Change the screen saver on your computer: it might help you think smarter.

In the Michigan University study, participants showed improvement in cognitive performance after simply looking at photos of a forested area for a few minutes. Walking down a busy city street during an office break, on the other hand, showed no such improvement.

The study concluded that connecting with nature even for a brief period mitigates the negative impact of living in a bleak urban environment.

So, if you have a visually jarring graphic or a clever but uninspiring quote on your screen, replace it with a set of nature scenes that keep changing. When stressed and out of ideas, spend a few minutes enjoying the slideshow. †It could restore the mental clarity that has been eluding you.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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2:55AM PDT on Apr 10, 2015

Good idea. Thanks for sharing

5:28AM PDT on Mar 19, 2015

Thanks

1:54AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

I think movement helps no matter where you are but I can see where walking in green nature would be more helpful. Glad that screen savers could help since a lot of people don't have the liberty to wander off during working hours. Thanks.

12:52AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Try doing a job you love, you'll never be bored or tired or uninspired :)

12:33PM PST on Dec 22, 2014

Thanks i`ll be trying this

3:37PM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

I have a hillside of Texas Blue Bonnets. Simply fantastic.

4:05PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Thanks!

3:49PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Like the idea ill do it thanks.

8:30PM PDT on May 14, 2014

Thank you!

7:37PM PDT on May 13, 2014

This inspired me to look at a nature scene for my wallpaper. I've now got a nice relaxing tropical scene. Just the thing for a grey, rainy day like this!

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