How Having a Green Space Gives You Better Headspace

Since the pandemic hit, plant sales all over the globe have spiked. Take Sunset Boulevard Nursery in East Hollywood for example. They’ve been getting 200 orders a day throughout the week since the pandemic forced everyone to stay inside. It’s no surprise that people have turned to plants for comfort during these trying times. Aside from adding aesthetic elements to your homes (and helping the environment), adding greenery to your home has plenty of other advantages, like:

  • It improves your home’s air quality  

In case you didn’t know, having good air quality inside of your homes is very important. Contrary to popular belief, air pollution doesn’t only exist outdoors. Air pollution can easily occur inside your homes as well and it can impact your health just as bad as outdoor pollution. A few things that contribute to indoor air pollution include old furniture, air fresheners, candles, and fireplaces. Even cooking and cleaning can cause air pollution in your homes.

But don’t worry too much because you can solve this issue in plenty of ways. One great way to improve your indoor air quality (IAQ) is by placing plants all over your home.

A study conducted by NASA, way back in 1989, showed that having plants at home can significantly improve your IAQ. The study showed that plants were able to remove harmful organic chemicals from the air. How amazing is that? In case you were wondering what plant to purchase; The plant they used in the experiment was a snake plant (also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue). Another great thing about snake plants is that they’re incredibly low maintenance. They only require being watered once a week. So, if you aren’t used to taking care of plants, a snake plant is great for beginners.

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  • It’s good for your mental health 

According to the experts at the Royal Horticultural Society, surrounding yourself with plants is vital for your mental health. A recent survey showed that out of 2000 participants, 42% agreed that being around plants improved their mental well-being. It has also been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and even decrease our blood pressure. No wonder plant sales have drastically increased since the pandemic started. In a situation like this, you’ll need at least one plant in your home — If I were you, I’d take 20.

  • It adds value to your home 

If you want to go big, you should think about getting your landscape done. Not only will you have a gorgeous garden to look at every day. You would also increase the value of your home by at least 5.5%. Depending on how well the landscaping was done, it can even increase your property’s value by as high as 12.7%. That adds up to tens of thousands of dollars to your home’s initial value. Ask any real estate agent if a landscaped garden will add value to your home. It’s guaranteed they’ll all have the same answer.

  • It helps boost your productivity  

Psychologists have found that by adding plants in your office you can boost employee satisfaction and productivity by up to 15%. You can do the same thing at home, especially if you’re currently struggling with your work-from-home setup. It can be hard to separate work and home life when you’re working from home.

You’re so used by the boundary that going to the office has created from home that it’s become even more difficult to be productive with work. By adding more plants to your work-from-home setup you can boost your productivity and create a positive workspace for yourself.

  • It teaches us how to improve real-life relationships 

If you don’t have a child, taking care of a plant can (somewhat) teach you what it’s like to be a parent. Although, I’m not saying that taking care of a plant is directly equivalent to taking care of a human child. The idea behind this is that taking care of plants it teaches us to nourish living things. It teaches us to be gentle and patient because growing plants don’t happen in an instant.

It takes a lot of tender loving care to grow plants, especially if you’re growing them from seeds. Plants are so fragile in their seedling stage. Taking care of a seedling is much more difficult than taking care of a full-grown plant. If you don’t take care of plants while they’re seedlings, their chances of survival are very slim.

Taking care of plants also teaches us how to understand differences. It teaches us to learn how to listen to other’s needs. If you take care of multiple plants, you’ll know that not every plant is the same. There are different species, and they all require different levels of watering and sunlight. Some plants require less water but more sun. Some need not too much sunlight but also not too little. Other plants will start to wilt after not being watered for a day. And others can be left alone for weeks and not wilt at all. These are some lessons that we can use for our relationships with people.

If you were looking for a sign to buy a plant, this is it. Plants are one of the few things in life that rarely have any disadvantages. So why not buy that plant already (maybe even 10).

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About the Author: Jacob Wyatt