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Why You Need Plants in Your Home Office

Why You Need Plants in Your Home Office

Millions of people have been forced to work from home this year, which means there are millions of people with a little bit of extra time to spend on the house. This time at home has sparked a new enthusiasm for plants and gardening. So, what’s all the fuss about?

Before the pandemic, houseplants were already growing in popularity with the younger generations. The reason? People are craving a touch of nature inside their homes. We live unnatural lives, and many of us now live in big cities with little access to green spaces. The solution has been to bring nature indoors, whether it’s creating a jungle in your living room or growing your veggies in the kitchen.

In this post, we look at why everyone should consider adding plants to their home offices.

Why Add Plants to Your Home Office?

Plants are truly magical things. There are millions of species, each with unique sizes, shapes, and beneficial properties. Here are just a few reasons why everyone should consider adding some plant life to their home office.

They Make You Happy

Several studies have shown that plants can help boost a person’s mood, making them feel generally more relaxed. Studies have also shown that people living near nature or those surrounded by lush greenery, like a forest, are usually happier than those who don’t.

Living in a city or big town restricts our access to green spaces. Instead, we’re surrounded by dark, grey, and gloomy environments that induce stress and make us feel depressed. If you’re currently stuck in your home office all day, adding plants to your office is a quick way to boost your mood. The bigger the plants, the better. You can even add some small trees with the right indoor planters.

They Help to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Did you know that just looking at plants can evoke feelings of calm and peace within a person? Multiple studies have found that people working with plants in the office were noticeably more comfortable and relaxed while working.

Plants are great at enhancing our senses. They can reduce your cortisol levels (Cortisol is the hormone that is naturally released when you get stressed), which has led to people offering forest bathing and therapy sessions.

They Strengthen Your Immune System

As well as improving your mental health, plants can also help with your physical health by means of your immune system. Plants can help your immune system in two main ways. Firstly, your immune system is directly affected by your mental health. So, if plants help reduce your stress and anxiety, they also enhance your sleep quality. Improved consistent sleep equals a healthier immune system.

Secondly, plants emit several chemicals called phytoncides. These chemicals are airborne anti-microbial substances and provide us with natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory benefits — these help to improve our immune system, making us better equipped to fight illness and disease.

They Improve Your Productivity

A substantial number of studies show that plants can boost the productivity of workers in an office. It’s not hard to see why plants would help improve productivity, since offices are typically bland and boring spaces. Plants are interesting focal points and generally make rooms feel more vibrant.

Plants add a breath of fresh air with their beautiful, luscious green leaves that will brighten up your home office and keep you on track with your work all day. Plants can also reduce ADHD symptoms and improve people’s attention in general.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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