Living and working in a big city where everything is going fast can be stressful at times. Work responsibilities, traffic, annoying colleagues! We all need some place where we can escape just for the moment and nature is the best place to go to.
It seems everything stops when we are spending our time in nature. Several research studies suggested a great impact of nature on our mental and physical health.
Nature is good for your soul, whether you are taking a nice walk through a park, hiking, looking at a landscape, taking care of flowers or spending time in your garden. Nature around us can help us relieve stress, improve concentration and charge our batteries for challenges that we face on a daily basis.
It’s amazing that simply looking at nature and being surrounded by trees can have a positive impact on our well-being. Here we decided to address the major impact that plants have on our health.
Potted Plants In Your Space
Several experimental studies have found that the presence of potted plants can be helpful in different settings including hospitals, offices, work and our home. The presence of plants can:
Lower blood pressure
Raise productivity at work and in schools
Lower anxiety during recovery time in hospital
Lower stress and increase job satisfaction
Not bad for one a potted plant. You probably felt that you feel better when you are around plants. We cherish nature (at least we should) by creating “sacred” green space for communities in big cities.
However, it’s important to stress that most of these studies are focused on the presence of plant versus their absence. Is that enough? There might be some other factors such as caring for something or improved air quality that is directly connected with plants. Is the type of the plant important for the impact on the human condition and mental health? Based on studies some plants seem to be more efficient than others such as Golden Pothos, Chinese evergreen, Philodendron, Snake Plants, Arrowhead Vine, and Peace Lilly. From the other side, some plants don’t have the same effect especially ficus trees and ferns.
Having plants in your home is good for your physical and mental health. You might feel better and more efficient if you buy a plant and take care of it.
Have Your Own Piece of Heaven
Gardening can be particularly beneficial since looking after plants can give us a sense of responsibility. Having your own garden can teach you a lot about looking after living things and respecting and appreciating nature.
Gardening underlines the fact that we are all nurturers. Plants don’t care about who takes care of them, and for those who struggle with health problems this can be a transformative experience and can help them boost their self-esteem.
Taking care of plants can be a gentle reminder that you are not the center of the universe. This can help you deal with depression, and it can help you relax and relieve a daily stress.
Freud said: “Flowers are restful to look at. They have no emotions or conflict.” Taking care of plants can help us reach carefree state, where there is no mortgage to worry about, annoying colleagues to argue with and deadlines to meet.
Gardening can also encourage us to spend more times outdoors, to exercise and take care of ourselves as well. Furthermore, researchers have proved that taking care of a plant can increase the level of happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin, and lower the level of cortisol hormone which is associated with stress.