Does sitting for hours staring at screens while monitoring the endless flow of interruptions lead to improved engagement, innovation and creative thought? Or, could unplugging, going to a gorgeous, off-the grid location where guides do the work, AKA a river trip, be a better way to boost team performance, leadership and wellbeing? Science suggests that river retreats trounce training time in conference rooms when looking for ways to optimize performance. Here are five scientific reasons why…
Feel Better, Naturally: Help for those who are constantly tired, stressed, distracted or overwhelmed is as close as the nearest green space. River trips take us to natural environments, precisely the places science has shown to decrease stress levels, improve self-perception and relieve tension.
Discover More Hours in the Day: Researchers from Stanford and the University of Minnesota found that people who experience states of awe (common in wild places, less so in office buildings) feel like there is more time available, were less impatient and experienced a greater boost in their satisfaction with life.
A Change of Scenery: Increasing evidence shows that time completely away from work supports creative thinking, improves access to new ideas and promotes mental clarity. By changing the scenery, we discover new approaches to our usual challenges.
Action Requires Activity: Activity leads to improved fitness, better sleep and increased immune function. A study from the Yale Stress Center recently demonstrated that exercise (rarely found in meetings, often found on river trips) boosts mood-elevating hormones and even improves stress-damaged thinking.
Discover More by Doing Less: Brain imaging research reveals that being relaxed is restorative and leads to a clearer memory and better intellectual understanding. So yes, we might solve our biggest problems by going outside, relaxing and letting answers come to us.
For those interested in taking a new approach to improving individual and team performance, now is the time to book a spring or summer river retreat. Western States’ snow pack is looking good and river levels should be perfect for fun floats. If you need more reasons why going on a river trip will be great for your business, please get in touch.