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Take a Minute for Your Brain:
Soak Up the Outdoors!

Christie Collins

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I think we can all admit – working from home 24/7 has been hard on all of us. It might be in different ways, people who already worked from home adjusting to having new people in their space, parents not getting a respite from their kids, finding new ways to workout without leaving the house, not being able to comfortably go to the grocery store whenever we need something for tonight’s dinner. The list goes on and it is totally easy to get overwhelmed by it all.  

So stop, take a minute and just breath. 

Studies have shown that when we work from home, we actually end up working more hours – it’s because we take the hour or two that it would normally take us to get to the office and just start working earlier and forget to stop when everyone else leaves. This is all fine and dandy except now all of our meetings are online – and there’s few breaks between starting at your computer for hours on end. 

But there’s something we can do to press reset – spend some time outside! 

When you’re outdoors it is so much easier to turn off all the notifications and just be in the present. It is also relatively safe for social distancing and gives you a reason to use those muscles we all know aren’t doing much work right now. We can all just take some time to enjoy the space we have been given to take advantage of the great outdoors and detox our brains a little. 

There’s science to back it up too: In the book Your Brain On Nature, authors Eva M. Selhub and Alan C. Logan, explain that biophilia, as redefined by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson is “the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms…having the potential to influence the matters that mental health care providers concern themselves with: cognitions and behaviours.” Our brains love being in nature and it gives them a much needed break from the daily stressors of this new life we are living. 

So we asked our instructors their favorite ways to get outdoors: 

 

Abbie loves to take her bike to the outdoors where she can really get the wind in her hair. It’s also safer for socially distancing! Some of her favorite places to go biking include Mount Tam in Marin and Alpine Dam in Bolinas.

Lauren Kaplan has been spending a lot of quarantine out in Colorado!

For her, the best way to get outside is with other people. Her and her friends have taken to socially distanced picnics in the Aspen Highlands area just outside of Denver.

A few weeks ago, Drea escaped down to Santa Cruz to be closer to the beach and to have more space. Her new favorite adventure is going down to ocean’s edge at West Cliff. With its serene views and calming tide pools its a great place to meditate and connect with yourself. 

 

Sami just got a new puppy 🐶 and is looking forward to taking him on hikes when he is ready! One of her favorite trails in San Francisco is Lands End – it’s very dog friendly and has 10/10 views. She also recommends checking out the Sea Cliff neighborhood with all the beautiful mansion and grabbing a breakfast sandwich from Devils Teeth.

Of course, always wear a mask and practice social distancing, but also just relax a little, because if we don’t, we won’t be able to tackle all the other challenges facing us right now. 

Christie is one of the behind the scenes members of the Dryft Team. She is an avid swimmer where she competed for 15 years and spends her time hiking in the wilderness. She works closely with and interviewed a number of the Dryft Instructors to gather the content for this post.

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