With all the conveniences and new technology of modern day life, things seem to get busier, and busier… and busier! We hate to even bring up the word stress, but… there’s no point in denying the statistics; we live in a stressed-out nation!
A study released earlier this year claims that anxiety levels in America have been on a drastic incline, even since 2017! American Psychiatry Association president Anita Everett states:
“This poll shows US adults are increasingly anxious particularly about health, safety, and finances; that increased stress and anxiety can significantly impact many aspects of people’s lives, including their mental health, and it can affect families.”
Individuals all over the nation are simply stressed out about life. But how are we to reverse this negative trend that our nation is spiraling into?
Going Green (Literally)
When the buzz of industry and technology fail to calm the soul, the more primitive elements of nature step up and fulfill their role as the solace and remedy of many ills. That’s right, we’re talking about simple, down-to-earth plants. Why? Even just looking at plants and flowers has been recognized as a mood lifter and anxiety breaker! There’s just something about plant life that really has beneficial effects on mental health.
Anti-Depressants Were Never So Lovely!
Researchers in Canada and America have studied the results of nature encounters among those who are struggling with clinical depression. The studies contrasted individuals who took a walk in a natural park-like environment to those who spent time in a busy urban area. You guessed it; there was a significant increase in positivity and brain function within the group that chose the park.
And don’t forget the timeless expression of love and thoughtfulness humanity shows by giving a friend or loved one a bouquet of flowers. Even though there was no historical scientific evidence of the power of flowers, modern research shows a definite connection between flowers and brighter outlooks of life!
Better Focus, Better Life
In addition to brightening your mood, plants also help your attention span. Scientists have found that being surrounded by a natural foliage-rich environment has “regenerative effects for directed attention“.
In an experiment to see if office work was enhanced by the mere presence of botany, researchers found that individuals who read and recited from memory showed improved performance when working in an office with just four plants nearby!
Did we mention that plants clean the air too? They sure do! Varieties such as snake plant, spider plant, and ferns (to name a few) take toxins and carbon dioxide out of the air, releasing healthy oxygen back into the ecosystem for us to breathe!
Bring Nature Indoors
These are amazing discoveries for managers and business owners all over the nation who are concerned about productivity and, more importantly, the wellbeing of their employees; and seeing how valuable nature and greenery is to health and happiness, it makes perfect sense to bring all of the goodness right into your work environment; after all, that’s where a lot of life is lived.
Fortunately, there are so many creative ways to fill your life with foliage; plantscapes, living walls, living art, and even plant-related holiday decor are some great options that will fill the workplace atmosphere with breathtaking beauty and soul-healing relaxation.
For more ideas about going green and bringing new life to your corner of the world, contact Cityscapes of Boston; no one can create interior biophilic scenery like our team of skilled designers. Our interiorscapes are displayed in leading hotels and offices throughout the city, and our reputation continues to go before us as a trusted and reputable service in high demand. Schedule your complimentary design assessment today!