Boost Your Brainpower!

I don’t want to jinx it, but is it just me or does it feel like spring? It does. It really does. I haven’t worn a coat in a while, my allergies are going nuts,  and everyone seems a little happier all of a sudden. Finally!

I doubt you lament the change in weather (who misses trekking across the vast tundra between the parking lot and Barsema?). Nonetheless, you may feel like you aren’t allowed to enjoy the spring, what with finals (and maybe even CPAs) coming up and all. But did you know that spending time outside can actually boost your brainpower? Seriously, this is science.

A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has found that even a brief, 20 minute walk through “green space,” such as a park or forest preserve, reduces “brain fatigue”( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23467965 ). According to information from the Department of Urban Forestry at the University of Washington, “nature can help remedy mental fatigue and restore one’s ability to focus on tasks. The result is better performance in the work place and school,” and “experience of the natural world helps restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, and can improve productivity and stimulate creativity” (http://depts.washington.edu/hhwb/Thm_Mental.html). In short, nature makes your brain work better.

What does this mean for you? Take a walk around the lagoon and find out! You’ll come back to your studies refreshed, refocused, and ready to finish out the semester on top of your game.

 

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