Plants for your peace of mind
[updated, 23 March 2020] “Strange times” is the phrase everyone is saying as Coronavirus sends everyone home. Plants can’t stop a virus, of course, but they can help us to regain a sense of peace when the news is dismal and the social media feeds are creating more anxiety than anyone needs. For many people, gardening is a happy escape and distraction. For others, being able to grow your own veg, fresh herbs, salad leaves and delicious strawberries helps reduce the panic of empty supermarket shelves.
During these “strange times”, we’ll do our best to get your PlantBox order out to you quickly, and we hope you feel the benefits as soon as you start planting it up!
Gardening for your health
We all know that being outdoors on a calm, sunny day helps us feel more cheerful. It is widely accepted that having plants nearby is good for our mental health and reducing our stress levels. Our intrinsic connection with nature is often lost or forgotten, particularly for people living in Britain’s cities. Viewing plants, and caring for them, planting and enjoying them, restores this vital connection.
The benefits of having plants in our homes and gardens are plentiful! They are good for our physical wellbeing, as gardening gets us outdoors. Plants help moderate humidity indoors, and cleaner air means fewer headaches or ‘feeling stuffy’. Measurable Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a key indicator of the health and wellbeing of our indoor spaces. There is considerable scientific evidence as to the ability of plants to improve the air:
Mental health & wellbeing
Putting up your PlantBox indoors will give you a living wall with a large number of plants to see and enjoy – creating a beautiful display can lift your mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety. The act of choosing your plants, putting the colour palette together like an artist, thinking about light, fragrance and seasons of interest is simply a positive statement of life. People can feel captive when they are inside all day, especially if they are in an ‘un–natural environment’ like a modern office. Research studies show that a view of plants is enough to redress the balance we need in our lives.
There is overwhelming evidence that the aesthetics and design of our indoor spaces impacts our health, wellbeing and productivity. It is increasingly clear that there is a difference between office environments that are simply not harmful – i.e. the absence of ‘bad’ – and environments that positively encourage health and wellbeing, and stimulate productivity. If this is true of our working space, then it will also be true of our homes. Growing indoor plants in a PlantBox living wall is an easy, instant way to improve your home environment.
Reconnecting with nature
Nature restores mental functioning in the same way that food and water restore bodies. The business of everyday life – dodging traffic, making decisions and judgment calls, interacting with strangers, answering emails – is depleting, and what man-made environments take away from us, nature gives back. There’s something mystical and, you might say, unscientific about this claim, but its heart actually rests in what psychologists call attention restoration theory (ART). According to ART, urban environments are draining because they force us to direct our attention to specific tasks (e.g., avoiding the onslaught of traffic) and grab our attention dynamically, compelling us to “look here!” before telling us to instead “look over there!” These demands are draining — and they’re also absent in natural environments. Forests, streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans demand very little from us, though they’re still engaging, ever changing, and attention-grabbing. The difference between natural and urban landscapes is how they command our attention. While man-made landscapes bombard us with stimulation, their natural counterparts give us the chance to think as much or as little as we’d like, and the opportunity to replenish exhausted mental resources.