The Ballena Coast is the setting of our true story, Radical Sabbatical. Nature drips from the trees. The only sounds are those of wildlife. The ocean is pristine and almost devoid of boating activity. It is pure, unadulterated nature.
People wonder what made us jettison corporate America to a primitive jungle village. As you’ll see in a moment, a ‘round-the-clock worker like Glen was putty in the hands of these surroundings—much like an alcoholic wandering into a bar, but in a good way.
For certain, it would behoove all of us to take heed of recent research that explains the therapeutic draw of nature and its healing effects on the body and mind:
The evidence of the mental and physiological benefits of being out in nature go on and on, and in fairness, aside from the compelling evidence above, we do hope that you consider these findings a no-brainer—less work for us to convince you. At the same time, why has the Harvard School of Public health found that American adults spend less than 5 percent of their day outside? Yes, this includes you.
Of course, these findings point to one obvious paradigm. That is, instead of going on vacation in a cement jungle like Las Vegas, find a place like the Ballena Coast, and make it your destination. But with the average American worker having 2.5 weeks of vacation, the long-term effects of such a strategy are limited.
How, then, can we get out into nature at least once per day? The truth is with children running from one side of the house to another and gapless calendars at work, it is understandable that so many take so little advantage of nature, our most plentiful rejuvenating resource. But never fear. We can talk you through a strategy.
Now there is one thing we have not yet addressed. A good proportion of today’s offices are in cities. Well, technology to the rescue! Research shows that looking at images and sounds of nature has surprising rejuvenating effects on the brain. And luckily, the day when you stop seeming like you are in an eye exam when wearing virtual reality goggles will be here before you know it. Simple therapy is just a few clicks away! Or you could take some vacation time on the Ballena Coast. Say hi to the monkeys for us!
Laura Berger, PCC and Glen Tibaldeo, PMP, CPA are authors and popular speakers at national conferences and for Fortune companies. Glen is a Project Strategist / Change Management Consultant and screenwriter for Radical Sabbatical, and Laura is an Executive Coach, both for the Berdeo Group LLC. Their Bestseller Radical Sabbatical is described by Dave Barry as "the funniest book I have ever held in my hands" and is available on Amazon, kobo, Barnes and Noble, and at other major bookstores.