Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This #MentalHealthAwareessWeek I'm going to bring you a series of blog posts on why houseplants are important to wellbeing. As well as real-life stories from those who plants have helped with their Mental Health. 
To start off  the week I felt it would be a great to set the scene. 
As well as looking good (obvs), houseplants support our overall health in our homes, offices, school and hospitals. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of indoor plants are through wellbeing and productivity improvement. 

Having houseplants offers improved mental health, and includes: 

  • An improved mood
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased worker productivity (adding plants to office environments in particular)
  • Increased speed of reaction in a computer task
  • Improved attention span (in some scientific studies, but not all)
  • Increased pain tolerance (for example, where plants were used in hospital settings)

To get help improve your mental health with houseplants is easy. In short, the more plant life and nature we see the more it is said to help with our wellbeing. So pack your rooms full of leafy green plants. 

Some great plants to pack into your homes, offices and schools include:-

  • Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant)
  • Dracaena (dragon plant)
  • Epipremnum (Pothos)
  • Ficus elastica (rubber plant)
  • Hedera helix (English ivy)
  • Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern)
  • Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake plant)
  • Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)
  • Aspidistra elatior (Cast iron plant)
  • Crassula ovata (Jade plant)
  • Howea forsteriana (Kentia palm)
  • Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace lily)

 

These plants all have the added benefit of being air purifying and will help to remove common household toxins from your home, whilst also giving you a welcome break from the stresses and strains of every day life. 
Remember, care for yourself as much as you would care for a plant.