Always on the lookout for ways to make your home feel more serene and calm? You’ve tried lightening it up with textiles and paint. You’ve added some special fragrances. But still, something is missing. Have you missed bringing a bit of nature into your design? Perhaps it’s time to start bringing in a few houseplants for anxiety.
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Did you know other than just being pretty and decorative, having plants in your home also provides lots of benefits for your mental health and overall happiness?
Houseplants for Anxiety
I’ve never been one to have plants in my house. I’ve never really been a flower girl, I didn’t even want flowers at my wedding.
In my adult years, specifically in the last few as my anxiety has increased exponentially, I’ve started to feel a lot differently about plants. I’ve noticed that as I seek out ways to create an anxiety-free home that more and more often I reach for plants.
I’ve done a lot of digging to find the WHY behind this phenomenon and here’s what I found.
Reduce Stress and Improve Productivity
Several studies have shown that workers perform better and have lower blood pressure during moderately stressful tasks when plants are present. HRI
Motherhood is probably the most stressful and demanding job we will ever do. If a plant or two can help to reduce the feelings of overwhelming even a little bit, I’d say they are worth it.
Increase Positive Emotions
This article from Economic Times claims that plants can help reduce stress, ease depression and promote a sense of well-being.
Plants reduce toxins from the air
The amount of crap floating around the air in our homes is terrifying but that’s a story for another day. For now, just take my word for it. The air in your homes is full of nasty toxins and chemicals. According to this article from NASA plants basically help to remove all the gross stuff from the air and draw it down into their roots.
Having live plants in your home is a pretty cheap and easy way to start breathing a bit cleaner.
Faux Plant Options
Now I love live plants. I do. I have a garden in my backyard and a full patio of plants. I love caring for them. It’s one of those stress-reducing healthy hobbies that I am so fond of.
However, live plants in my house is a no-go for several reasons. First I have pretty much no natural light in my home. Serious bummer! Second, we just got a new puppy and she likes to dig. Lastly, and this one is the best excuse, we have a 2-year-old who likes to eat dirt.
LOVES dirt. And sand, sticks, rocks…. all the weird stuff.
The great thing is faux plants have come a long way the last few years. I have several faux plants in my home and while they don’t clean my air for me they do make my home feel calmer, cleaner and a little less chaotic.
Decorating with Plants
I love a tiny little plant. One you can pop onto a shelf and add a little depth and happiness. I’ve probably spent way too much time scouring the shelves at Marshalls and TJ Maxx recently but I just can’t help myself.
While those stores have a great selection of little plants they really don’t offer much in the big floor plants department.
While you might be able to get away with something a little less realistic for a tiny little shelf plant, you want something really fantastic in a large plant.
A wonderful online store called Commercial Silk has a HUGE selection of artificial trees and silk plants and the quality is amazing! This dwarf palm artificial tree in our entry area looks so real and so far it has stood up to even Miss Magnolia’s roughhousing.
I can honestly say that when we walk in the front door and are greeted with a little slice of nature it feels so welcoming.
Do you have plants in your home? Flowers, greenery, real or fake? If not, maybe now is the time to look into it. Adding some beauty and serenity would be great right? If adding a few plants will reduce the mom overwhelm and even help with stress, anxiety, and depression I think it’s a no-brainer.
Use code BLOGGER10 at Commercial Silk for a special discount on your first order of artificial trees or silk plants. I would love to see photos of your green spaces so follow me and tag me in your photos on Instagram!
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