Houseplants and its Effect to Your Well-being

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The world has been on lockdown for a month, some countries even more, because of the threat of coronavirus. We have been in turmoil thinking of how we will keep ourselves and our family safe, and at the same time how we can keep on living the way we used to be despite the crisis. Even now, when the world is slowly going back to normal, other issues are emerging. Seeing and hearing news about what’s going on in the world right now, we can’t help but get stressed, anxious, and scared.

Whatever happens, being able to control our emotions is important. But, the question is, how? We are still coping with the “new normal”, at the same time trying to make ends meet especially for those who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic. The thing is, we don’t need to go far nor spend money to find that inner peace, we can achieve that in the safety and comfort of our homes.

Houseplants and its benefits

Truth be told, the reason why we grow plants inside our house is that it helps brighten up that usually boring room. It helps that it happens to be the trend these days. However, growing houseplants is more than just adding to the visuals of our homes, most importantly, it helps improve our health and our way of living. Even NASA approves and revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins. 

Several studies have been conducted regarding the benefits of having houseplants. The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture listed the results of some of these studies.

Houseplants Improve Concentration and Memory

A study conducted by the University of Michigan showed that being under the influence or around plants can increase memory retention by up to twenty percent. Green is a calming color. It helps us to concentrate more and lets us focus on whatever task we are working on.

Houseplants Help Reduce Negative Feelings

There are days when simply associating yourself with other people is such a torture. In days like these, your houseplants can be your best friend. Aside from its beauty, having and seeing them around lessens the feeling of being alone, reduces stress, and helps you fight anxiety. It gives out positive energy; giving you hope, happiness, and helping you find your inner peace.

Improves Compassion

When you decide to be a plant mom/dad, you are not just their owner, but their caretaker. Nurturing houseplants is no joke. You have to water them, make sure they get enough exposure or less exposure to sunlight (some plants thrive under the sun, some don’t), giving them nutrients(fertilizers), and talk to them (they said plants will grow healthier when you give them positive words every day). Without noticing, your houseplant is influential in making you a more compassionate person. Research even showed that “people who spend extended lengths of time around plants tend to have better relationships with others.”