Most of us know instinctively that being close to greenery makes us feel instantly more at ease with our surroundings. And research shows that filling your space with green friends actually can help improve your mood, concentration, productivity and feelings of positivity.
The Japanese practise of Shinrin-Yoku5 (nature therapy) has proven that the simple act of surrounding yourself by nature can be beneficial for health by lowering blood pressure and boosting mental health through lowered cortisol levels. But bringing some green into your living space has also proven to have its benefits to wellbeing, including reduction in stress, improved cognition and reduced aggression6.
Our environment impacts our overall wellness, our home is our sanctuary. But even working with plants, both indoor and outdoor, has been proven to reduce stress both mentally and physically when compared to office-based roles. A 2015 study analysed physiological changes of 24 adult males as they switched between plant-based tasks and computer-based tasks with significant differences. Working with plants showed a decrease in blood pressure & a more stabilised heart rate, with all participants reporting a sense of calm and relaxation.
Low stress? A reduction in blood pressure & overall feelings of calmness? What’s not to love?