I love indoor plants and believe that keeping them is an excellent way to clean up the air and bring positive energy into the office and home environment. Plants improve air quality by trapping airborne pollutants and increasing oxygen levels, helping to combat breathing problems, headaches and fatigue. This in turn can improve concentration and motivation. The long winter months are a particularly beneficial time to keep indoor plants, when windows are often left closed, meaning fresh air is prevented from circulating as freely around the home and work space.
Looking after plants doesn’t have to be stressful. I find that kalanchoes, cacti and ferns all do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves, requiring little more than a weekly water. Roses and orchids can be a bit trickier, but the beauty and pleasure they bring to the eye definitely justifies the extra effort. Personally, I find wiping the dust off the leaves once every week or so very therapeutic. It allows me time to relax and the chance to empty my mind of all thoughts, as I focus on the beauty of the living things that I have nurtured. At the same time, I am still being productive!
Psychologically, indoor plants have been shown to reduce stress levels, improve mood and increase work productivity. With so many positive benefits, and a selection of colours, textures and levels of care to suit all, indoor plants are a perfect way to boost positivity and wellbeing.