Boost your Mood with Interior Plants

February 7, 2018

While the winter continues and the days, although lengthening, are still short many of us find ourselves arriving and leaving work in the dark. This severely limits our opportunity to get outside and enjoy our natural surroundings, an activity confined mainly to the weekend and many of these lately have presented beautiful snow covered landscapes, with greenery obscured. This lack of exposure to light and nature can leave us feeling somewhat blue so what better way to connect with nature during the winter months than to surround yourself with interior plants in colourful containers both at work and at home. Proven to help us feel calm and manage stress more effectively, plants in our interior environment can be beneficial to mood boosting all year round.

The addition of greenery not only helps us connect with nature psychologically, but plants also provide further benefits. Working in the opposite way to us humans they absorb carbon dioxide and other toxins in the environment and emit oxygen for us to breathe, filtering the air to act as our perfect indoor partners.  Did you realise our indoor air quality is often contaminated with toxins from furniture, insulation and carpets which can cause a variety of complaints such as skin rashes, nausea and even allergic reactions? Well they do, so if you are lucky enough to have plants in your office space treat them kindly as they are working hard every day to help you feel great.

Adding humidity to our indoor environment is yet another of a plant’s many talents. Returning over 90% of the water we give them back to the atmosphere they increase the humidity by some 10% to 15%. Furthermore interior plants have been proven to have noise absorption qualities which could help add to your state of tranquillity during the winter months.

Whilst we have the luxury at GP Plantscape of being surrounded by beautiful plants every day, this I am aware may not be the case with everyone. It is true that the more plants you have in your indoor environment the greater effect, however even a single plant strategically placed on your desk can make a significant difference to your mood and well being. Some plants are particularly beneficial at cleaning the air we breathe.  How To Grow Fresh Air: 50 Houseplants that Purify Your Home or Office, 2008 by Dr B. C. Wolverton is a concise guide giving some insight into the purifying properties of plants and with illustrations may help you find your perfect plant partner.

On top of all that, once you have your plant or plants simply tending to their needs through watering, feeding and pruning can be extremely therapeutic!