6 reasons why greenery is important for office workers

By SPH Content Studio
February 16, 2015

“There’s a bug going around,” is a common refrain among office workers when one falls sick. Apart from this, sitting at a desk for the most part of the day can be detrimental to your health. Eyestrain, airborne diseases, muscle aches and high blood pressure are just some of the results of an increasingly sedentary office life.

Thankfully, there’s a way to combat the negative effects of the office in a truly natural way. Fresh air and the majesty of trees don’t just provide healing benefits to some work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), it is also a sanctuary to recharge and unwind.

A home that can provide all that and more can be found at The SkyWoods, a resort-lifestyle sanctuary tucked away in its own tranquil corner of Dairy Farm Nature Reserve.  Surrounded by pristine forests, you’ll wake up to panoramic views of greenery and fresh air away from urbanisation.

If you’re unconvinced that you need to incorporate greenery into your work-centric life, here are 6 reasons why you should do so now.


1. Green is a calming colour

Being in the centre of the spectrum, green is the colour of balance, which strikes the eye in such a way as to require no adjustments. Therefore, green helps your eyes quickly recover from strain.

Eyestrain is a problem that many white-collar workers face due to long hours on the computer. To avoid myopia or related illnesses like migraine and depression, surround yourself with greenery.

If you can’t take green breaks at work due to time constraints, do it when you’re home. At a development like The SkyWoods, you can enjoy panoramic views of greenery by your balcony or head out to take walk at the suburban parks or on the nature trail of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Dairy Farm Nature Reserve to calm your eyes and find balance.



2. The great outdoors

Researchers have linked sitting for long periods with a number of chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease due to inactivity and low levels of energy expenditure.

You are also prone to suffering from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) on these body parts – neck, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, and back.

Stop these negative effects from setting in by going out to get yourself moving. Rid muscle aches after work by exercising or just simply taking a stroll or enjoy a resort-style swim set by lush greenery for maximum effect.



3. Enough of the air-conditioning already

Detox yourself from the constant air conditioning, which can aggravate respiratory conditions, suck moisture from skin and hair, and spread diseases causing workplace illness.

To combat all the bad air that you’ve been breathing in, return to a home that’s surrounded by trees and fresh air.

After all, trees are natural air conditioners. They absorb odors and pollutant gases, and evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room-sized air-conditioners operating 20 hours a day according to findings by NC State University.



4. Nature has the power to refresh our mind, body, and soul

Findings from a study by The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health revealed that individuals who lived closer to a green space experienced less anxiety and depression than those who lived farther from a green space.

With the stress that comes with work, get some respite through the healing powers of nature. Since green is a refreshing colour, exposing yourself to greenery will do wonders for your overall wellness.



5. Greenery as your muse

Have you ever had work pile up, yet not be able to get started on them? When you can’t put a finger to the problem, you just might need a change of scenery for inspiration. Stepping out to breathe fresh air, hear birds chirp, relax your eyes and mind by looking at lush greenery, will trigger a different brain activity that awakens the senses.

As much as offices today try to replicate the natural environment such as incorporating a zen aesthetic to work stations and adding more potted plants, nothing beats the natural benefits of being out amidst greenery.



6. With greenery, comes birdsongs

And this isn’t entirely bad. Birdsongs, in fact, have positive effects on human brain activity.

The National Trust suggests that people listen to birdsongs for a few minutes a day to combat low moods, increase attention and even creativity. Sound expert Julian Treasure agrees saying: “It resets the ears, allows us to hear properly. “

Evidence published in the 2006 American Journal of Physiology showed that birdsongs stimulus mediates human circadian rhythm. This essentially means that the sounds may have a directly positive effect on sleep and mood, although more studies are underway to further prove this.

For now, at least, you know that the melodic messages of birds add to the benefits of living in a natural environment.