I know for me, and many of my friends, a stroll through nature can be rejuvenating. A breath of fresh air and sights of lush green can help to reset my mind and body.
However, sometimes, I don’t have the luxury of taking time out of my day for a walk, or I don’t have access to much nature, especially when I’m home in the city.
I wanted to look for a way to bring some of the benefits of the outdoors into my personal space.
I can happily say that purchasing houseplants for my room has improved the quality of my life.
I understand that not all people are “tree huggers” or are particularly fond of or interested in caring for plants. However, I think everyone can say they’d like to be as healthy and happy as possible and houseplants can help you achieve this goal.
There are many health and wellness benefits to owning houseplants in respect to both mental and physical health, as well as productivity and brain stimulation.
Let’s start with the physical benefits
- Houseplants are known to expedite healing and aid in medical-related issues. According to researchers at Kansas State University, surgical patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety and are released from the hospital sooner than those in rooms without plants. They also found that patients who physically interacted with plants (horticulture therapy) experienced significantly reduced recovery time after medical procedures. Additionally, adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms; leading sickness rates to fall by more than 60%.
- Plants also release moisture that increases the humidity of the air, which can leave you with a beautiful glow.
- Having plants in your work and living space can also increase the quality of air. According to NASA research, plants remove up to 87% of toxins in the air every 24 hours. Adding just one indoor plant to a medium-sized room increases the air quality by 25%.
Plants can also increase your productivity and learning abilities
- Houseplants increase productivity, which increases the quality of your work.
- Keeping plants in the home and workplace increases concentration. Work performed under the natural influence of plants is of higher quality and completed more accurately than work done in environments devoid of nature.
- In Christine Wildwood’s book “Mood Enhancing Plants,” people in offices are more productive, take fewer sick days, make fewer mistakes and are happier when their environment is enhanced by plants.
- Plants also do wonders on your ability to learn.
- The Royal College of Agriculture found attendance is higher and students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taught in rooms containing plants.
- A Texas A&M study found that being “under the influence of plants” can increase memory retention up to 20 percent.
Houseplants are a huge mental health booster
- Plants improve your mood and state of mind, leading you to have a positive outlook on life. Studies show plants affect the levels of compassion that people feel for others. People who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships. They also associate living among nature with higher quality of life.
- Plants decrease stress levels while increasing energy levels. People who garden demonstrate less mental distress than others. They also report feeling more energized and happier.
As humans, we thrive when we are surrounded by life. Being surrounded by life means being surrounded by positive energies, so even when the day is over and your friends go home, or when you are sitting alone in your room, you may keep those energies alive by having plants in your space.
Plants are the ultimate symbol of life and growth and they have a beautiful power that allows us to blossom along with them.
You can easily bring this growth into our lives by furnishing our spaces with houseplants.