If a bit of greenery is clinically proven to reduce stress, why not have a table or deskful? Research has shown that plants reduce our tension by up to 40 per cent because they remind us of the outdoors, nature and a slower pace of life, all instantly calming. UK wellness excerpt Emma Mills says, “Plants remind us of a natural, simple way of living. A pace of life that is slower, yet incredibly intelligent, beautiful and efficient.”
The beauty of outside has long been known to relieve us of our attentional fatigue. Attention restoration theory suggests that by having plants on your desk, you are better suited to focus, analytical thinking and creativity. What’s more, even the potting soil can help you keep a handle on daily stress and anxiety. This is because the soil contains microbes dubbed “outdoorphins” (M.vaccae) which work as natural antidepressants. “It boosts your mood by releasing cytokines, which then leads your brain to produce more serotonin. So, just by being around soil, these “outdoorphins: flood your bodya nd boost your mood,” writes Joey Doherty, a Certified Wellness Counselor.
According to The American Lung Association, indoor air can sometimes be more polluted than outdoor air. Plants can absorb pollutants through their roots and leaves and can leave our air cleaner as well as releasing moisture in the air. Even the shape of the plant can unconsciously feel friendlier than others. From an aesthetic point of view, plants with softer, rounder or trailing shapes tend to be more relaxing.