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Plant power! How to use greenery to boost wellbeing in your home office

Bamboo palm

As we stumble into the third month of lockdown, those of us continuing to work from home must take their wellbeing seriously.

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, lonliness and substance abuse were all discussed at last week’s Mental Health Awareness video chats. But even minor ‘blues’ can be solved by mixing up your decor.

Daily cleaning and DIY can get a bit dull but now the shops are gradually reopening – including garden centres – you can use plants to solve your ills.

Add to the home office and garden for daily healthy habits.

Lucia Polla, marketing manager at Serenata Flowers, said: “Clearly, we should be bringing more plants into our home offices.

“These days we tend to keep plants and flowers around as decoration or to take advantage of their lovely scent, but this research is a nice reminder of the wonderful ways in which plants can actually benefit our health and happiness.

“Perhaps when we’re feeling a bit run-down the garden should be our first port of call.”

Basil

To reduce crippling anxiety – literally some days I can’t even move off the sofa – Lavender is known for its stress-relieving qualities as it slows down the heart rate and lowers blood pressure to greatly reduce stress. This is why its scent can often be found in lotions and sprays.

Snake Plant is also believed to reduce anxiety, improve respiratory problems and cure the symptoms of a headache.

Read on for more ideas.

To find out more about Serenata Flowers, visit: www.serenataflowers.com

10 PLANTS AND THEIR PRACTICAL USES

Increase productivity

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Golden Pothos

Help you sleep

  • Aloe Vera
  • Jasmine

Reduce anxiety

  • Snake Plant
  • Lavender

Clean the air

  • Rubber Plant
  • Peace Lily

Repel critters

  • Mint
  • Basil

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