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Remote working skyrocketed during the pandemic, and the trend is here to stay. But beyond the occasional faux pas on Zoom, remote working isn’t a paradise for everyone. People who thrive on face-to-face connection and nonverbal communication have experienced feelings of loneliness and isolation1. Remote working also blurred the boundaries between being on-the-clock and a defined personal life. For many, trying to fulfill all life roles in the same space, at the same time, has led to feelings of failure and a decline in mental health. 

To improve the morale of its workforce, Sweden developed a national initiative, the “Out of Office, Office” program. Essentially, it’s a workcation in nature. 

In collaboration with Karolinska Institutet, Swedish researchers put it to the test with a study2 to measure the effects of combining work in nature. The results were extraordinary. After just one week participants felt less depressed, calmer, and more harmonious. Perceived stress decreased by a whopping 48 percent. Sleep quality improved, with longer periods of uninterrupted rest. 

Mare Löhmus Sundström, Associate Professor and Affiliated Researcher at Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institutet, explains “… [this] shows the possible implications nature can have on our work life… the results are in line with previous research and clearly indicate the positive impact nature can have on our wellbeing.” You can discover more about why nature is so important to our mental health in, Getting Outside and Forest Bathing is Just as Important As a Healthy Diet

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