There is something therapeutic and calming in being surrounded by things, green and growing. Plants uplift the spirits, ease the mind, and gently push all worries aside. Turns out science and our feelings agree, plants are good for our mental health.
Why plants are good for mental health
Managing your mental health can be a difficult balancing act; it’s easy for our busy lives to start to take a toll on our brains. Several studies show interacting with indoor plants is both physically and mentally beneficial. From having calming effects on your mood, stress levels and blood pressure to improving memory retention and increased productivity and creativity, here’re some mental health benefits that plants can bring to your life.
Plants reduce your stress
Studies have shown that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress – in fact, they can have a soothing effect. Living in or near green spaces, and spending as much time as possible in both natural settings and cultivated gardens, can improve mood, reduce the negative effects of stress, lower fatigue, encourage physical activity and other positive behaviors, improve cognition, reduce aggression, and enhance overall well-being in people of all ages under many different circumstances.
Plants increase your productivity
Productivity can be hard to come by these days, thanks in large part to the Covid-19 pandemic. Plants can spruce up any workspace and give it a fresh new look. Redecorating your workspace can provide a boost of motivation and keep one happy. When we work with plants we have a release of feel-good chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. Researchers say the bacterium in soil called Mycobacterium vaccae that triggers the release of serotonin lifts mood and reduces anxiety. Indoor plants in an office can even prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work.
Plants provide a sense of accomplishment
When you see your baby plant thriving, you could not be more proud! Taking care of plants is hard work. You’ll feel such a sense of pride knowing your dedication, knowledge, and care is paying off. Every time you walk by your plant, it will be a reminder of how all your hard work has led to a happy, healthy plant. That makes a happy, healthy person.
Plants boost our memory
Studies have also shown that being around plants may also help with concentration and memory. Lives get busy, days get short, and it can be difficult to go out in nature. We rarely visit parks, forests, and farms in an urban setting where we have less time on hand. A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology has in fact proved that house plants are more than just something to keep watered. They’re actually natural memory boosters as well. Plants reduce anxiety and that helps in the smooth functioning of the brain and enhances memory.
Plants are self-care reminders
When you’re feeling good, chances are you’re taking good care of your plants. But if you notice your plants starting to look a little wilted, it could be an indication that you’re feeling run-down, too. Our plants can act as a mirror, reminding us to prioritize our mental health and take care of ourselves.
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