Get A Great Outdoor Job Later In Life

As we get older, we’re less likely to want to compromise on our lifestyle and goals. Many people find that later in their working life they want a complete change, especially if they’ve been working an office job. No one wants to feel stifled. So why not look for a great job outdoors? You can experience the fresh mountain air, and enjoy the incredible scenery, all while making money towards your retirement. It could be an amazing adventure.

Learn new skills

Working in an outside environment, such as a ski resort, or national park is a great way to meet a vibrant community of people, from all different backgrounds. You can learn new skills and always have someone to discuss ideas with. It is one of the advantages of continuing to work as you get older. Studies have shown that learning new skills keeps the mind sharp and broadens your horizons.

Boost your creativity

The author of “Your Brain on Nature,” Harvard physician Eva M Selhub, wrote that being outside with nature “stimulates reward neurons in your brain. It turns off the stress response which means you have lower cortisol levels, lower heart rate, and blood pressure and improved immune response.” This means that you will have more focus and drive, and be more creative. Working outside presents so many different new challenges, for instance, if you work as a gardener, you will have to work around the weather to make things grow. Having a creative mind, and thinking differently will help you with your new job, as well as in other aspects of your life, such as your hobbies.

Get out of the rat race

The rat race is stressful and bad for your health. The fact is that the more hours you work, the more likely you are of having a stroke. Research has shown that people who work 55 hours a week are 33% more likely to have a stroke than those working a 40 hour week. You also have a 13% higher chance of suffering from coronary heart disease. Ask yourself this – is it really worth it? Many people cut down their working hours as they get older, this will give you the opportunity to have free time for the things that you really love.

Getting a job outdoors can be really beneficial for your health. You will meet some great new people and have the all the benefits that being outside with nature can bring.

Author

Jason has lived in Colorado for nearly 20 years and loves the outdoor lifestyle in the Western mountains. He enjoys exploring new areas and writing about them to help others in their journeys.

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