Beyond the Build


In the Woods

Whether we wanted it or not, the pandemic has accelerated so much change. Some of it was good, and a lot of it was not so good. We’re almost at year now, and I think for some, these last months have meant spending even more time indoors than normal. It might have been the work-from-home trend or fear of contracting the virus, but it seems that many people have spent almost all their waking hours in their residence.

I recently read a Wall Street Journal article that offered a relatively simple prescription: At least two hours spent in nature each week. Just 2 hours. The author stated a number of benefits, from an increase in the production of cancer fighting cells to improved brain function and lower cortisol levels. I don’t think you need science to feel your blood pressure fall when you take time for a walk in the great outdoors. It’s always been this way, at least for me.

Our line of work can be stressful, and I know that goes for a lot of others as well. Creating a calming atmosphere was high on the priority list when we sought out a place here in the woods. I know everyone can’t “work in nature,” so to speak, but I do hope that we can all make outdoor time a priority. Take a simple walk this weekend. Enjoy.


Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.