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House plants that Boost your Mood

House plants for your mood

Receiving and giving a beautiful bouquet of flowers makes you feel fantastic, does it not? But did you know that houseplants can also give you that great feeling? Sending a gift of house plants such as a beautiful peace lily, snake plant, or even an English ivy plant can also give the same effect. Surrounding yourself and your loved ones with indoor plants provides many health benefits, such as reducing stress, boosting your mood, air purification, and improving productivity and creativity.

Is this plant magic? While we do believe plants are magically beautiful, there are multiple explanations on how indoor plants boost your mood. Experts believe that humans are hard-wired to connect with nature and other positive life-forms, making us feel good when we do so. So whether you love a peace lily or a swiss cheese plant, the benefits of surrounding yourself with indoor plants are immense. Here are just a few:

  • Experiencing a mood-boosting effect
  • Improved productivity, concentration, and creativity
  • Reduced stress effects  
  • Reduced complaints such as feeling fatigued, sore throats and colds
  • Purify the air indoors
  • Reduced noise levels
  • The possibility to create more privacy

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  • Increased productivity

Placing houseplants in your home doesn’t only purifies the air and reduces your chance to get sick, but also increases your productivity. Studies indicate this has probably something to do with indoor plants helping to release endorphins in your brain. These hormones promote greater focus and energy. 

  • Improved mood

Exposure to nature makes us happier. By going on a walk, getting fresh air, and completely immersing yourself in nature, you engage more with your senses. While you may not be able to install a full forest into your home, adding in some houseplants can boost that positive link with nature.

  • Reduce stress

Studies have shown that placing indoor plants in an office had a great effect on the stress levels of employees. This effect, of reducing your stress levels, can also work when placing more indoor plants in your home. Some plants release the natural chemical medicine called Phytoncide, which has proven stress-relieving results.

  • Having a hobby

Having an active hobby helps to occupy the mind. When you enjoy tending to your plant’s endorphins are released in your brain. This can help with conditions like anxiety and depression. Allowing your mind to focus on other things rather than your worries.

The benefits of air purifying house plants

Air purifying plants, such as a snake plant, swiss cheese plant, or peace lily, are plants that can improve your indoor air quality. Purifying plants remove pollutants and toxins from the air while also boosting the oxygen levels, resulting in easier to breathe air. But it does not end there, scientists say, that being around plants also has a great effect on your mood, reduces stress, relieves aches and pain, and can even improve concentration.

Start boosting your mood and happiness and increase your number of indoor plants. You will begin to start benefiting from the following physical and mental benefits. For more information on air purifying house plants take a look at our blog dedicated especially to it.

The physical benefits of indoor plants in your home or office

  • Purified air

One of the best known and undisputed benefits of having houseplants is their ability to purify the air. Pollution levels on the planet are rising and if you live in a busy, dense city, you can encounter polluted air various times a day. Everyone, even if you’re a healthy person, can experience health impacts from polluted air including respiratory irritation and breathing difficulties. Indoor plants remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, improving our indoor air quality. The beautiful snake plant is the winning house plant for air purification!

  • Reduced blood pressure

Studies on houseplants found that they have positive benefits for our health. During some of these studies they even found that when patients were in a room with houseplants, their blood pressure lowered. High blood pressure can lead to some very serious health conditions. Much like stepping away from stress and walking in the fresh air with a little sunlight, the benefits of plants in your home can help to reduce your blood pressure.

  • Reduced pain

As mentioned earlier, having indoor plants can reduce physical pain. Patients who had houseplants in their hospital rooms reported feeling less pain, fatigue, and anxiety complaints compared to others who did not. 

  • Prevent illness

Next to reducing pain symptoms, plants also help you prevent getting sick by the increasing air humidity indoors. While increased humidity might not sound that attractive, it has been proven to decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs. Also, research reveals that the higher the humidity, the smaller the chance of survival and transmission of the flu virus. So the more moisture there is in the air the better it is for us and our house plants. 

The mental benefits of house plants

  • Increased productivity

Placing houseplants in your home doesn’t only purify the air and reduces your chance to get sick, but also increases your productivity. Studies indicate this has probably something to do with indoor plants helping to release endorphins in your brain. These hormones promote greater focus and energy. What is not to love about watching your aloe vera grow and look healthy all because of how you have looked after it.

  • Improved mood

Exposure to nature makes us happier. By going on a walk and a little bit of indirect sunlight and completely immersing yourself in nature, you engage more with your senses. While you may not be able to install a full forest into your home, adding in some houseplants can boost that positive link with nature.

  • Reduce stress

Studies have shown that placing indoor plants in an office had a great effect on the stress levels of employees. This effect, of reducing your stress levels, can also work when placing more indoor plants in your home. Some plants also release the natural chemical medicine called Phytoncide, which has proven stress-relieving results. 

  • Having a hobby

Having an active hobby helps to occupy the mind. When you enjoy tending your plant’s endorphins are released in your brain. This can help with conditions like anxiety and depression. Some people become so involved with their house plants that they save and plan their next plant. The joy of having a new beautiful plant in your home, whether it is an aloe vera, snake plant, or Vanda orchid, is one of the bonuses of this hoppy.

  • Providing purpose

Studies have also shown that the relationship between a plant and its human caretaker can result in positive feelings of empowerment. With a house plant, you will have something to look after. This responsibility, of having something you can nurture and grow, can boost a person’s confidence. Offering a solace in the world today that is full of uncertainty. 

  • Reduced anxiety

As mentioned before a plant as a hobby can help with reducing anxiety. But there is more; having indoor plants will increase your indoor oxygen levels. When oxygen levels increase, a person’s anxiety levels are reduced. Research has shown that anxiety and depression are linked to higher levels of toxins present in most households. These conditions can improve when air purifying plants are introduced into the environment. Providing your plants with a little indirect sunlight and a lot of love and these plants will definitely be beneficial to the reduction of anxiety. 

  • Decorative house plants

Not only do house plants have the ability to reduce stress, purify the air around you and improve your mood they also look beautiful in your home. Adding an English ivy to the top of your book stand, or a snake plant in your bedroom for air purification, or a monstera plant that will brighten up a dark corner, are all ways to make sure your home looks beautiful and gives you all the benefits of house plants listed above. 

At Plaza Hollandi we have the perfect collection of plants that look beautiful and will definitely boost your mood. Check out our Indoor Plant Collection or browse our Instagram for more inspiration. What is your favourite indoor plant? 

 

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