How Plants Boost Mental Health

Outstretched hands holding dirt with a plant growing from it.

Have you ever noticed that having plants around makes you feel better? It’s true, keeping plants in your home, patio, or yard is actually a powerful way to improve your mental health and overall personal well-being. Here are the top 3 ways that plants improve mental wellness and why you should go ahead and get yourself some more leafy friends.

Plants Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Being around nature has been proven to lower stress, so bringing a bit of nature indoors or planting a garden in your yard are excellent ways to decrease your stress on a daily basis. Simply being in the presence of nature slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and reduces symptoms of anxiety.

Growing Plants Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment

Feeling like you’ve accomplished a goal, no matter how small, can give you a boost of dopamine and improve your sense of well-being. Taking care of a plant and seeing how it grows and thrives because of you gives you a feeling of accomplishment and boosts mood. In addition to the increased well being associated with the feeling of successfully growing a plant, taking care of plants can also help improve mental health by giving you something to focus on and a reminder to get up, move around, and check on them. This helps you to remember to take breaks, move your body, and get out of your own head.

Looking at Plants Boosts Happiness

Studies have shown that even just looking at plants improves your mental health! Seeing aesthetically-pleasing living plants heightens happiness levels, so just having a houseplant on your desk or outdoor plants that you can see through your window will have you feeling better. Consider where you spend the majority of your time and think about how you can add a plant or two to your field of vision.

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