Stress & Depression
Spending time in nature is a great way to reduce stress, and having indoor plants in your home and office can help to slow the heart-rate, lower anxiety, lift the mood, and keep blood pressure low. Studies have shown that caring for and looking at plants can actually improve symptoms of stress and depression.
Memory & Cognitive Skills
According to one study, having plants around your workspace can actually improve your ability to problem-solve and think creatively. Other research has shown that plants can help with concentration and productivity, as well as increasing memory retention by up to 20%!
Research suggests that nature has a powerful effect on people recovering from trauma. The awe we feel when in nature can decrease the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder – studies have actually shown that awe is more effective than other positive emotions such as joy, amusement, pride or contentment in boosting a person’s wellbeing.
For people with ADHD, nature can have therapeutic effects and can reduce their symptoms. Some research has shown that being in natural settings can help improve focus . Too much directed attention can lead to attention fatigue, which results in distractibility, but because nature induces automatic feelings of fascination, it allows the person to recover and rest, thus improving the attention-span.
An adult day care facility tried involving dementia patients in gardening and landscaping activities, and they found that this improved the patients’ cognitive functions and lowered their aggressive behaviour. This research showed that spending time in nature reduced agitation in dementia patients and seemed to positively impact their demeanor and wellbeing, however more studies are needed to further analyse the impact nature has on dementia.
You may be surprised to learn that indoor air can actually be lower quality than outdoor air. This is caused by a number of things including furniture, carpets, cleaning products, and mold. Research indicates that rooms with houseplants contain up to 60% less airborne molds and bacteria, as plants help to improve the quality of the air by filtering out the harmful chemicals. Peace Lily, Boston Fern, English Ivy and Spider Plants are amongst the most effective for purifying the air in your home!