How can plants improve your well-being?

While plants are commonly used in many households as decorations, these green friends can do much more than decorate a room. Indoor plants have an effect on humans that may go unnoticed. Plants can increase work productivity and efficiency, reduce stress, purify air, and can even give life to the most monotonous of offices or indoor spaces.

Increased Work Productivity and Efficiency

Psychologists suggest that having a plant in the workplace can increase productivity by up to 15 percent. While it may be hard to maintain certain plants in an office where conditions may not be ideal – low light and controlled humidity – there are still many plants that can withstand what the office has to throw at it.

A great plant to have in the office is the snake plant. Snake plants are some of the easiest plants to grow and they can survive in low light conditions and do not require that much water. Snake plants can grow up to 4 feet making them a perfect plant you can have on the office floor. When they are smaller you can even have them placed on your desk. Another plant that can do well in an office setting is the peace lily. These plants can do well in low light areas and simply need to be watered. If the plant is kept healthy it will grow its majestic white flowers. These plants are easy to take care of and will increase your productivity and efficiency.

Give life to indoor spaces

Not only do plants increase work productivity and efficiency, but plants also give life to indoor spaces – even the most boring and empty of rooms. They are not only beautiful but they can also be very colourful. They can also come in many different sizes and colours. Plants like crotons or coleus can bring a variety of colour to your room with their multicoloured leaves. They can range from green to red and will bring life to any room. If you are looking for a big plant to lighten up the room the bird of paradise palm will do the trick. These plants can grow to large sizes and give the room a tropical feel with its large deep green leaves.

Purify air

Plants are also very important for the environment as they clean our breathing air. This is done via a process called photosynthesis. Plants absorb carbon dioxide, light and water to generate sugar to supply their growth. This process has a byproduct which is oxygen. Additionally, as per a late 1980s study on houseplants by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, many common houseplants can remove various airborne toxins including formaldehyde, xylene, acetone, and more. The increased exposure to fresh oxygen can be the reason behind increased productivity and efficiency. Some great air purifying plants are bamboo palms, spider plants, boston ferns and philodendrons. They are all spectacular plants that can be integrated well into any room. With these plants around the house you will be more productive and you will breathe fresher air which can even lead to reduced stress levels.

Reduced stress

According to a study from the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, interactions with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress. Potting plants also carry this effect and reduce stress. There is a reduction in stress because soil contains microbes that act as natural antidepressants. These microbes change your mood by simply being around soil. To reduce stress, all you need are plants!  

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