So often we are told to take a walk outside when we are feeling low. This is good advice as being in nature has many benefits for the mind and the body. Plants can play a huge part in the reason for this but, what is the benefit of plants on the mind? We explore the 5 top benefits of plants on your mental health and beyond.

Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Plants can have a natural calming effect, meaning that having plants in your home can help reduce your stress and anxiety. This is not just about having a plant on your mantlepiece, but also the act of caring for the plant and watching it thrive.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

There has always been the knowledge that plants purify the air we breathe and indoor plants are no different. They can filter the harmful chemicals that might be in the air at home making the air better quality and therefore better to breathe.

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Increase Your Productivity

The colour green has connections to improved concentration and has a calming effect on our minds. Taking a walk outside or spending time in nature can have huge effects on us. Likewise, having plants around you while you are working, can benefit you in the same way. Tis may be because of their colour or the fact that you have a something beautiful and living on your shelf!

Boost Concentration

This goes hand in hand with productivity, for the same reasons as above, plants seems to help us concentrate more on the task at hand. That might be reading, working, creating, absolutely anything. Plants can aid you in being better placed to focus!

Help Wellbeing

Overall wellbeing can be enhanced by having plants at home. Potting the plants and caring for them give you all the above perks and more, meaning that you feel better within yourself. It has even been prescribed by doctors as a way to help patients wo supper with depression and anxiety.

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Which Plants to Choose

There are so many plants out there, how do you know which ones to pick? Firstly, you need to do a bit of research if you have any health conditions or indeed respiratory ones, just to ensure that you don’t chose one that may impact it. Also, consider the plants you chose if you have children and pets, some plants can be harmful to them and it’s worth making sure you know what you have in your home for their safety.

A few of our favourite plants to have indoors that are beneficial to your wellbeing are ferns, Spider Plants, Rubber Plant, Peace Lily, herbs, and our all time favourites succulents and cacti!

Do you already have plants at home? How do they make you feel? If not which ones do you think you might chose? Let us know in the comments or on our social media channels TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to check out our Lifestyle section for more ways to improve your mental health at home.

About Author

Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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