Gardening and being around plants can be a form of therapy and is associated with positive emotions, self-esteem and hope. The process of planting and nurturing plants can give people a sense of purpose and once the plants are thriving, a sense of achievement too.
Did you know, just spending 5 minutes a day working on your garden can boost your outdoorphins?
“Yes outdoorphins really are a thing! These microbes release the same feelings of happiness and energy as endorphins but they are found in soil*. Outdoorphins work as an antidepressant and are scientifically proven to lift moods and combat negative emotion.”
Spending time in the garden gives us the chance to escape the TV, our smartphones and laptops. A study in the UK showed that just 5 minutes in a green environment (like your garden) reduces depression in 71% of participants.
No matter your age, working up a sweat in the garden is a fantastic way to get vital exercise for your heart. Mowing the lawn with a hand-push lawn mower, tending to weeds and planting gives combined stretching and reaching movements toning muscles and help improve balance, dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
What can you do indoors?
It has been proven that bringing plants in into your home can improve motivation, reduce stress and reduce noise levels. They also help reduce sickness whilst cleaning the air.
Nurturing indoor plants can be as fulfilling as getting outside and there is nothing better than seeing your plant flourish and grow while adding to the overall beauty of your home.
Our article on greening up your home is full of useful advice to get you started and help you choose the right houseplants.
Here’s a list of some of our favourite houseplants including wonderful air purifying plants featured on the NASAs best air cleaning houseplant list:
Aloe – Fantastic air purifying properties
Chamedorea (Parlour Palm) – A fantastic easy to care for palm
Chlorophytum (Spider Plant) – Great to brighten up those shelves of files
Crassula (Money Plant) – Easy to care for in bright light
Dracaena (Dragon Tree) – A great specimen plant for the office that has air purifying properties too
Philodendron – So many varieties will fit great into office spaces
Sansevieria (Snake Plant) – The easiest of all to care for with great air purifying properties
Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) – Great for a shadier spot
Succulents – Great for creating a collection along the windowsill
Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant) – Easy to care for and loves bright light or shade
It’s easy to get started!
‘Green Nurturing’ can be enjoyed all year round literally anywhere – you could be indoors in a small flat or outside in a huge garden, it really doesn’t matter. There are so many activities that you can try, from a small project like growing herbs on your windowsill or weeding a garden bed, to a larger project for example creating a new garden border or getting creative with interesting and unusual houseplants.