We are complicated beings that experience all sorts of emotions. From the ones we enjoy like feeling loved or excitement, to the emotions we wish we never experienced like anxiety and depression.
It does not help that we have been dealing Covid19 for almost 2 years now, some of us working from home, some losing their jobs and many other stresses that came along with this pandemic.
Many of the activities we used to engage in to relax have been put on pause for a while now.
We have heard that plants help us relax, what we would like to fully understand is what goes on in our brains and bodies when we are around them.
We experience wonder, yes! A feeling of mysteriousness, curiosity and abundant love or is it oneness? The Merriam Webster dictionary defines awe as “an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by sacred or sublime.”
Would you not want to be in state of contestant sublimity?
What we know for sure is that being in a garden helps our immune system. We have also experienced that the hamster wheel of constantly replaying scenes in our brains pauses for a while when we are around nature. Some say that paying attention to the symmetry, fractals & patterns of leaves or flowers are also what helps reduce stress and helps us direct our attention outside ourselves.
Other Ways Plants Help Us Relax
- Plants help us sleep better – Sleep is so important for or general well-being, why not place a plant or two in your bedroom. Certain plants do a great job at helping us with sleep, namely, Lavendar & Rosemary.
- Greenery is good for the brain, body, and soul – when you do not have the opportunity to be outside often, bring plants to your workspace and home to help decrease your blood pressure.
- Helps remove toxins from the body – Plants are natural air purifies and help remove toxins from the air.
- Plants are Therapeutic – Looking after plants is a natural form of therapy.
- Helps reduce background noise – Big leafy plants help with creating a tranquil mood.
- Plants help sharpen our attention – If we pay attention to plants, it will help with concentration.
- Plants help us recover from illnesses – Plants could help speed up your recovery.
- Plants could help with productivity – Studies have shown that workspaces with plants take fewer sick days off work.
- Plants could help with your outlook on life – Just pay attention to plants, their textures, colours and experience a feeling of being both big and a small part of the eco-system.
- Plants provide us with a sense of companionship – You can talk to them, tell them private things, give them names, helps a lot.
Having plants can be a source of pleasure! Sharing your space with living breathing beings can make your environment feel happier & healthier.