Three Easy Ways to Get More Sun During the Workday
Harness the sunlight for its mood- and productivity-boosting benefits
We’re mid-way through summer, but if you work full-time, you may not be feeling the season’s full benefits. Spending 40+ hours a week in a seasonless office under fluorescent lighting and frigid A/C can leave even the most indoorsy of us feeling restless, like we’re missing out on all the sunshine until the weekend.
Exposure to daylight is a known mood-booster and plays an important role in regulating our circadian rhythm, or our sleep-wake cycle, and the earlier sunrises and later sunsets of summer mean there’s more sunshine to go around. But many workers feel sun-deprived: One report from The Workforce Institute and Kronos Incorporated found as many as 39 percent of people with full-time jobs admit to having taken a “sick” day to instead enjoy the summer weather.
A day job doesn’t have to be devoid of daylight. Try mixing up your workday with these Thrive Microsteps for beating the summer slump and boosting your mood and performance through Labor Day.
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