Apple picking, football, crisp cool air, flannel shirts, tree leaves turning golden yellow and red, PSLs, and cozy-ing up indoors.
Fall is here!
Along with the end to the scorching summer days, there’s plenty about the fall season to celebrate.
However, while we may spend less time outside in the coming months due to the impending cold temperatures, snow, sleet, and rain, the benefits from spending time in nature don’t need to follow suit.
As the title of this article suggests, indoor plants don’t just provide some a welcome escape from snow mounds and icicles, they can actually improve overall well-being, to boot.
Many ways. Let’s explore.
1. Plants Reduce Stress Levels
Meditation and exercise are suggestions that we’ve all heard from our doctors as methods to decrease stress levels. These are fantastic solutions and should be done often, however, studies also show that gardening or just spending more time around plants also help to reduce your stress.
Sound easy enough? It is!
So if sipping hot apple cider by the fire on your sofa isn’t relaxing enough, furnish your rooms with greenery this fall (and then take a deep breath). These living organisms interact with your body, mind, and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
2. Plants Can Increase Focus
Do cold, gray days have your imagination wondering elsewhere (probably to a sunny beach or awesome hike)? Are holiday preparation and festivities distracting you? Is school or work hitting an end-of-the-year slump?
We get it. In a world that requires constant attention and focus, sometimes it’s difficult to remain “on” all day.
However, keeping potted plants on your desk or around your room might be an easy way to get ahead. Aside from adding a little “life” to your space, studies show that plants can also increase your productively, mood, and memory.
People in offices tend to be more productive, take fewer sick days, make fewer mistakes, and are happier when interior landscaping enhances their environment.
So, why not put plants in your home to reap the same rewards?
3. Plants Improve Air Quality
We were all taught at a young age that plants ‘breath’ carbon dioxide and ‘exhale’ oxygen. And they do (this process is called photosynthesis)!
Humans, by contrast, breath oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. This opposite pattern makes plants and people naturally compatible partners and this alone is a good enough reason to bring plants into your home.
Think about it; this is the reason people consider the air to be ‘fresh’ when you are in a park or in the wilderness. An oxygen-rich environment is what we need to prosper and survive.
At night, however, photosynthesis typically ceases. A few plants such as orchids, succulents, and mosses, however, will continue this process throughout the night. Make sure to place these plants in bedrooms to refresh the air while you sleep.
Not only do plants increase oxygen levels inside our home’s but they also keep the air circulating and clean.
Although you may not see or feel it, plants help circulate the air in our environment by extracting carbon dioxide and then releasing it as oxygen and the more air circulation in your home, the better.
Not only does it circulate the air but it also cleans it. For real?
The process of photosynthesis can remove toxins from the air in your living space. In addition to reducing toxins from the air you breathe, having plants in your home can also decrease the amount of household dust that accumulates.
Plants can improve circulation and air quality AND keep your home cleaner? Sold!