Less stress, more success.
We’re living in unprecedented times and it’s not easy. We don’t need to rehash why that is - you already know. You wake up in the morning and go straight to Twitter, check-in with worried friends and family multiple times a day and keep one eye on the news while the other on...well, whatever it is you’re actually supposed to be doing.
As time goes on, however, we’re all discovering new ways to cope. For some, it's baking loaves of banana bread. For others, it's making drastic changes to their hair using box dye, razors and kitchen scissors. While both are excellent ways to distract you from the outside world for an hour or two, there's an even easier way to not just cure self-isolation boredom but also relieve stress, anxiety and even boost productivity levels. What is this magical source we speak of? Well, it's the humble house plant or one with flowers to be more specific.
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Being surrounded by nature has long been known to boost our mood and ease stress so it makes a lot of sense to mimic that soothing vibe at home. In fact, research has shown plants in the home can reduce tension in people by almost 40 per cent.
"When we're with nature we automatically feel more at home," says Lowri Dowthwaite, a specialist in psychological interventions at the University of Central Lancashire. "There are many psychological theories about self-actualising which is about becoming your true self and being a whole person. It's about connecting to where you came from and nature is where we came from."
Now, new research from Bloom & Wild has revealed the best flowers and plants to reduce stress. The online floristry service decided to test the mood-enhancing theories surrounding plants by sending out flowers to a range of newly-remote workers with the instructions to track their heart rates while arranging a bouquet after completing a ‘stress-test’. 75 per cent of those tested said they felt some reduction in their stress levels after working with flowers in their space. What's more, 50 per cent said they felt more productive after having flowers in their workspace
Below are some of the best plants which helped relieve the symptoms of stress on those tested. The plants ahead can be put in offices and gardens, but you can also use some of them to make oils and teas.
Stopping to smell the roses isn’t just a saying to unwind. It’s a proven natural remedy to release endorphins and reduce mental strain.
Peony flowers have various effects on their physical and mental parameters - namely the ability to create relaxed and calm atmospheres.
Sunflowers have long been associated with mood-enhancing properties thanks to their vibrancy.
Whether inside or out, Lisianthus are a great flower to be around. Not only do they look great but they also encourage creativity and free-thinking
Jasmine and lavender are proven to lower stress and anxiety levels, inducing peacefulness, improving sleep and lowering heart rate and so are ideal additions to the bedroom.
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