When you’re at home-whether you’re taking care of household chores or work remotely- and you start feeling stressed or overwhelmed with responsibilities, don’t you automatically think- I need to go for a walk, I need some fresh air. Once you step outside and go for a walk- you feel relaxed and calm. Your environment effects your mental and physical health.
If you don’t take care of your mental, that can lead to sickness, illnesses etc.
Taking a break from life’s stressors is just as important as eating your fruits and vegetables.
Houseplants just like trees and outdoor plants have a lot of health benefits for both mental and physical health.
The Health Benefits of Houseplants
Research has shown that having plants in your home or indoor space can greatly improve your health.
Plants clean the air- Plants go through a process called photosynthesis. During this process, they take in carbon dioxide, convert it into oxygen, and then release into the air for us to breathe. Having plants in your home is a great way to make sure you’re taking in clean air especially with all the pollutants flying around outside of your home!
Plants help with healing- Being in your home for long periods of time, you’re exposed to carpeting, paint, drywall, and god forbid-mold. All these things release contaminants into the air. Those contaminants mixed with lack of ventilation can cause headaches, sinus irritations, nausea and fatigue. So, just like walking past trees and greenery outside, interacting with houseplants can reduce stress, anxiety and even depression.
Plants elevate your mood- Studies have shown that houseplants have helped in improving concentration, productivity and calming down stress and anxiety. In this new era of working from home, it’s easy to get stressed or wrapped up in household chores, childcare, all while balancing work. It’s been tested and proven that having place plants in your home, especially those with broad leaves, will regulate humidity and increase levels of positivity. In turn you will feel more productive and focused to complete those household chores or get that work project done.
Not only are plants aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, but to your health as well. With houseplants, you will create a living space that is soothing to live in. It will keep you calm and relaxed, which in turn keeps sicknesses, depression, anxiety and other stressors at bay.