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The key to a restorative mental health day

☀️ Today’s tip: Go outside.

We’ve spent some time on Forge singing the praises of spending time out in the cold. Great news for anyone who’s still skeptical: Soon, you won’t even have to worry about getting chilly — which means it will be easier than ever to reap the restorative benefits of being outside.

For a mental-health day (or quick midday break) that truly recharges you, spend it out of the house. As Ashley Laderer explains in Elemental: Studies have shown a link between proximity to ‘green space’ and a reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms,” and getting out into the sun “can help increase serotonin production, which can, in turn, improve mood.” Even just a few minutes in fresh air can get you to a much better place.

🔌 More from Forge on finding ways to recharge:

How to Take a Vacation Day in Quarantine

Why Trying to Relax Is So Damn Stressful

Yes, You Can Do That During the Workday

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