Nature and your mental health.
It’s no surprise millions of us turned to nature during the pandemic, whether it was taking daily walks or flexing those green-fingers for the very first time—and unearthing a new passion in the process!
For centuries nature has been seen as a source of peace and energy. Over the past 30 years international research has consistently proven the restorative effects of nature on our mental health. But how exactly does nature, in particular plants, improve our mental health?
1. Ease stress and anxiety
Simply spending time around plants calms, uplifts and restores us. Plants raise wellbeing while at the same time lowering stress and anxiety. Studies have even shown plants speed up recovery from mental fatigue and reduce high blood pressure.
2. Reduce Symptoms of Depression
Caring for plants does wonders for our wellbeing. As well as giving our minds a much-needed break, the responsibility of caring for plants can give a real sense of purpose, pride and achievement. It’s highly satisfying to successfully nurture a plant from seed to flower or, when growing your own food, from plant to plate!
3. Improve Concentration & Productivity
We all know plants produce fresh oxygen by absorbing carbon dioxide via photosynthesis. But did you know carbon dioxide, which is produced from our breathing, is a well known cause of drowsiness and concentration loss? Plants encourage more effortless brain activity, allowing for a greater capacity to maintain directed attention and to better perform tasks. The fresh air plants produce can improve our health and increase our productivity.