How do indoor plants affect people's mood?
Added on 15 July 2020
1. They give a purpose for living
Nothing brings people to life than knowing there is something or somebody they are living for. Lacking a purpose in life can be fatal as it makes life feel directionless. Caring for indoor plants offers a purpose for living. Just knowing that the helpless plant depends on you for what it requires is something that can give life into your days, and give you something to look forward to each day. In addition, seeing the plant grow and thrive is a rewarding exercise that keeps loneliness and depression at bay.
Activate your green thumb now to benefit from the above by preparing your home or office for better care for your plants. If your home or office doesn't receive much light from the sun, invest in some quality LED grow light. They are created to work just like the sun, so you won't have to worry about your plants' lighting needs.
2. They allow quality sleep
The number one mood killer is the lack of enough sleep. That is why it is recommended to have at least 8 hours of sleep every day. While it may be possible to squeeze the 8 hours in our busy schedules, getting quality sleep is always a struggle for many. This doesn't have to be the case if you placed indoor flowers in your bedroom. However, you have to be careful to choose the right plant for the bedroom. Photosynthesis stops at night, and plants start releasing carbon dioxide, contrary to what they do during the day. Thankfully, few selected plants do the opposite. Bromeliads, succulents, snake plants and orchids release oxygen at night. These make a perfect choice for the bedroom to give you quality sleep that will ensure boosted mood the following day.
3. They are soothing and calming
The soul loves the soothing and calming effects of nature. That is why you find many people like staring at the blue sky or listening to the softly blowing wind. Plants are nature, and just seeing the greenery around us makes the soul and the spirits feel alive. Just like the greenery outside, indoor plants have the same effects. In addition, visual beauty and cozy environments have a way of elevating happiness and mood. Styling up a home or office with indoor plants can liven up even the most boring of spaces. Their beauty creates a soothing and comfortable atmosphere that works wonders in lifting the spirits.
4. They clean the air
It is typical for most people to take a walk in the park for some fresh air. That is because the air indoors can be stale with pollutants such as mold, carbon monoxide and asbestos. If you live in a poorly ventilated home, this is a situation you get to deal with on a daily basis. While it may feel harmless, continued exposure to such an environment works negatively on your health and mood. Plants are known to breathe in the carbon monoxide that we breathe out, cleaning the air that we breathe. In addition, the leaves and roots absorb the pollutants, reducing the chances of them affecting your health. They also act as a natural humidifier, regulating indoor air, especially during winter when opening the windows is unheard of. This prevents the growth of mold that pollutes the air.
We all love the outsides for the fresh air it offers. However, you can't be outside all the time, having indoor plants allows you to bring the outside inside. Moreover, just that capability of having a piece of the lush greenery in your home brings so much joy. If you have been struggling with your mood, having an indoor plant could just be the answer you are looking for.
By Inna Atwood