Plants Make You Feel Better
My attention was recently drawn to an article published in Miller-McCune, which discussed several research studies related to the healing power of nature. The presence of plants, going for a walk in the park, or even merely looking at a landscape poster can promote psychological well-being, reduce stress, and improve concentration.
Having done some research on this issue, I decided to see what I could find to be of benefit to busy urban dwellers and their jobs. In spite of the fact that this topic has nothing to do with mindfulness, it seemed especially timely at this time of year when winter is shedding its heavy layer and spring is quickly approaching.
In a number of experimental studies, it was established that the presence of potted plants is beneficial in different settings including the workplace, the classroom, and hospitals. In particular, plants have been shown to:
- Lower blood pressure (systolic)
- Improve reaction times
- Increase attentiveness
- Improve attendance (at work and school) productivity
- Improve well-being
- Improve perceptions of the space
- Raise job satisfaction
Several plants have consistently been used according to the research, including:
- Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Arrowhead Vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
- Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema sp.)
- Other plants have included the following:
- Dracaena (various)
- Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Peace Lilly (spathiphyllum starlight)
- Vinca Vines
7 Reasons Why Indoor Plants Make You Feel Good
You may think houseplants are beautiful, but their physical beauty belies their other benefits. You can feel good about your home by having plants in it.
It is easy to associate feeling good with your daily exercise routine and healthy eating habits. However, the home environment can also contribute to good health.
Indoor plants are appealing to gardeners because they require little upkeep and are visually pleasing. They are also easier to take care of and require less maintenance.
In addition to improving the home environment, indoor plants can also make you feel better. Here are just a few of the ways indoor plants can make you feel good.
Purify the Air
While live plants emit oxygen, human beings do the opposite, inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide. Doesn’t that make houseplants the perfect companion for us?
Additionally, NASA published a study that revealed houseplants may function as a detoxifier, or at least reduce airborne toxins. Given the number of toxins and air pollutants that can invade our homes, this is excellent news.
Improve Memory Retention
Being productive and avoiding mental exhaustion is something that people seek out. As human beings, we seek to feel good about our lives when we are productive. The key to productivity lies in great memory retention. A longer attention span will greatly enhance productivity.
Various studies have proved that being around plants can enhance memory retention by as much as 20%. The University of Michigan found in a study that students who were exposed to nature had a greater attention span than those who only walked down city streets.
What’s also interesting is how this study makes sense once you think about it. What environment sounds more inviting to you? Would you prefer concrete streets or colorful plants that contain an array of smells? The latter sounds much more appealing!
It’s no secret that houseplants are especially valuable in cold climates and urban environments. They are perfect for bringing nature into what can feel like a confined space.
Reduce Psychological and Physiological Stress
Most of us spend most of our time working on a computer or on our smartphones in this technologically advanced world. However, it is unknown whether technology use on a frequent basis will have an effect on a person’s long-term psychological health. A study conducted on social media’s mental effects suggests that frequent usage can cause anxiety and depression.
An additional study specifically mentioned technostress as the feeling of stress from learning new technology. According to the results of this study, participants who experienced an active interaction with plants experienced a promotion of comfort, soothed, and natural feelings. Imagine how different your state of mind would be after 30 minutes spent with plants versus scrolling through social media or browsing the internet.
Improve Mental Well-Being
Humans feel good about nurturing and contributing positively to their environments. One way to do so is to take care of plants. It’s rewarding to watch them grow. They’re something to take care of and nurture.
The fragrance of flowering plants like orchids, anthuriums, and bromeliads help us feel as good as having a bouquet of fresh flowers, and they last longer too!
If your plants are happy and healthy, they will grow, making propagation a rewarding experience. You can then give those baby plants to friends and family once they grow babies or produce cuttings.
Happy and Content
What do you feel like when you go shopping for plants? Shopping for plants is a lot of fun. A new pair of shoes or sporting equipment is like a new pair of beautiful clothes! It feels great to bring those home!
Owning indoor plants and watching them thrive is a rewarding experience. Imagine owning several plants and seeing them flourish! You’ll feel proud of your plants as they flourish.
Livelihood at Home
Plants can add a lot to our indoor environments. They provide living accents, lower our stress levels and encourage a more relaxed sense of well-being. The use of natural materials like wood paneling, floral pillows, and live plants is known to clear the mind, because it resembles a nature trail.
Having houseplants in the room creates a comforting and supportive environment for both our physical and psychological health. In one study conducted at Kansas State University, hospital patients exposed to houseplants experienced recovery a lot sooner. If such success is being enjoyed by patients in hospital rooms, do you think that indoor plants could change your home life as well?
Feed Your Soul!
Plants bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. Houseplants keep us in touch with nature. Since we spend over 85% of our time indoors, it makes sense to incorporate natural elements into our homes.
The benefits of having an indoor garden are many. It is simple to get started because there are so many easy-care plants available! Here is a quick list of some of our favorites: bromeliads, snake plants, and aloe vera.
What are your thoughts regarding houseplants? Did they improve your well-being? What can we learn from you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!