I love plants. Outdoors and indoors. There is something extremely soothing about being surrounded by nature. I try to always go for a walk after work for at least 30 minutes every day. Scientists have even proven that nature is a mood booster to depressed minds.
Sometimes, however, I just don’t have the time to go for a walk outside. Instead, I am surrounded by plants inside. Buying portable nature you can keep inside is a great alternative to a walk outside in nature.
Being surrounded by plants is like having your own natural sanctuary. It also comes with several benefits to have lots of plants inside.
Plants allow you to breathe better
I remember being told in Biology that plants release oxygen. Do you? They also absorb carbon dioxide. Having several plants inside your home will release more oxygen and moisture into a room, which in turn will allow you to breathe better.
Having plants literally has physical health benefits as well as mental health benefits. That’s pretty cool, right?
There are some plants that are better when it comes to absorbing actual toxins from a room. Those are plants like pothos, aloe vera, and ivy. Scented plants are also worth looking in to, as smells like jasmine and lavender have actually proven to lower anxiety and stress.
Indoor plants will also help boost your mood and promote an overall better sleep.
Relieves symptoms of stress and anxiety
Having more plants around helps to lower your blood pressure, which in turn can help relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety. Plants tend to bring feelings of being calm, peaceful and optimistic.
Plants simply help create a relaxing atmosphere and environment. They also help purify the air around you.
Improves your focus and concentration levels
Plants help you staying motivated, which helps you stay focused. When they release oxygen, they purify the air around you, and this is what is helping you improve your focus and concentration.
More oxygen to your brain equals increased focus and concentration.
Improving/purifying the air
When you clean your house, your cleaning products release toxins and containments into the air. This is bad for your mental health. Adding more oxygen and moisture helps to keep the air clean.
If the air in your home is overly dry, it can cause irritation to your eyes, nose, and throat. It can also make it difficult to sleep well.
Which plants to choose?
Interested in adding a few plants around your house or apartment? I list a few choices beneath that are great to consider. Even though I love plants, I am not a plant person. I know, it doesn’t make any sense.
The ones I mention below are easy to keep around and they are extremely easy to care for as well.
A classic houseplant. The plant is a vining plant with big and bright green and yellow leaves. You can keep it hanging or on the countertop.
It is also very easy to keep. It does best in a sunny window, all though don’t keep it in burning sunlight all day long. They also do well in areas with less light.
It improves better air quality. It is mostly known for being a herbal remedy. Aloe Vera helps remove carbon dioxide and harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene.
Studies also show that it works well with anxiety. Funny fact: The Egyptians named this plant “the plant of immortality” because it is extremely difficult to kill. Even for people like me who don’t have a green thumb, so to speak.
Reduces mold and helps you sleep better at night. Studies show that the Ivy plant reduces mold by 94% in just about 12 hours. How great is that?
This plant helps prevent headaches. It also soothes eye irritation and breathing problems. This is a plant who greatly improves your energy level and mood.
You probably know of lavender as an essential oil. Lavender is also a plant of course. Studies have proven that lavender relieves symptoms of stress and anxiety.
It improves better sleep and helps to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
It helps improve your sleep. Jasmine has been proven to make you less anxious and more at peace with yourself. This often results in better sleep.
I definitely recommend keeping plants in your home setting. The benefits of doing so are simply too many to ignore, plus most plants are rather beautiful to look at.
When you look at something pretty or beautiful, your brain automatically picks this up and you become just a tiny bit happier. What more can I say? Plants are ago.
Do you like keeping plants in your home? Which plants are you using?
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