How to Achieve a Relax and ZEN Mind with Plants

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Houseplants should be integrated into your house to create mindfulness. An environmentally rich addition to your house will ease stress levels and relax your mind. In this current climate, it is normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed, creating a plant space, or filling each room with plants will subtly ease you into meditation. Active plant care is a small but effective way to look after your mental wellbeing. 

By bringing your attention to caring for your plants, you can focus solely on the present moment and distract your brain from anxious thoughts. Plants are also great way to take a much-needed technology break, focusing on your plants even if it is a few minutes a day. 

Here are the 7 ways plants can help you relax your mind and achieve a ZEN lifestyle.

1.Reduces background noise
If you live in a busy area, you might be constantly hearing the sounds of cars and passers-by, this makes it increasingly difficult to relax and rejuvenate. Creating a stress-free indoor plant sanctuary will help to reduce noise levels indoors. This is because large plants carry a large surface area, making them more effective at absorbing sound and providing tranquility. Place your larger plants around the perimeter of your rooms so the sound bounces from the walls straight into the surface area of the leaves.

2.Eliminates harmful toxins and improves air quality
Plants are natural air purifiers and help to remove toxins from the atmosphere. Depending on your exposure, chemicals in the air could lead to negative health effects. Plants can take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen which improves the air quality. They also have properties that help to reduce airborne dust levels and increase air humidity so you can eliminate coughing, fatigue, and itchy eyes.

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3.Increases productivity
Research has proven that people perform better at attention-based tasks when surrounded by plants. Everyone (including myself!) has certain days in which they spend a lot of time staring at a screen, unable to be productive hence, all you need is some plant therapy! Indoor plants can improve concentration, productivity, and staff well-being. These effects come from stimulating plants' colors, calming aromas, and oxygenating abilities. Since many of us are working from home, when the weather isn’t great, we spend several hours indoors and are being exposed to high amounts of CO2, which make it harder to 

4.Helps you sleep
We all need enough sleep to have a positive effect on our health and be productive for the day ahead. Plants can help you get a good night’s sleep by purifying the air in your bedroom and producing a scent that helps you to relax. Plants such as aloe vera give out a lot of oxygen at night that help you to breathe better as well as removing the toxins from the air. 

5.Reduce the risk of headaches
Plants have air-purifying properties that can counter headaches. Research has revealed that plants can help to remove benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. Formaldehyde is a gas that is used in the production of leather and wood products, which is why it's present in many indoor environments, it is a common cause of headaches due to the strong odors.

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6.Brings in nature
Many of us live in busy cities contacting the modern world every day but have very little interaction with nature. By bringing nature into your home, our minds can subconsciously benefit from the soothing effects of greenery. This provides a great opportunity to switch off from your daily tasks so you can enjoy nurturing your new plant sanctuary. Adding a potted plant to a bedside table, for example, can instantly make your space look appealing. 

7.Relieve stress and anxiety
Taking care of your plants as you finish your day can help to reduce any feeling of stress and anxiety. Even a simple gesture such as touching the leaves of your plants for 2-minutes can have a positive impact on your stress levels. House plants for anxiety help alleviate symptoms because they promote higher quality air. Plants have a lot of stress relief benefits that deliver natural healing right into your home. Pothos is a great house plant for beginners because they’re easy to maintain and help to cleanse the air around you.

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  1. Very insightful post! I wish we had more space for indoor plants. At the moment, we have succulents inside and green onions outside. I miss having flowers to care for. But renting restricts us.

    1. I agree! My apartment in the Philippines (located in the city) also restricts me for having plants.

  2. Thank you for sharing this . The best din tlga ung my mga plants na ganito . Ang laki din ng tulong sa atin lalo na nkakarelax ito at nkakawala ng stress . 😍

    1. laging fresh yung hangin sa loob ng bahay kapag may plants.

  3. Thank you for sharing, very informative!yes ,agree ako diyan kaya isa ako sa mahilig sa plants!!dami namin plants dito sa province ,laking tulong din sa atin to relieve stress & anxiety and more!

  4. It was proven to be true! It's really effective! I'm a living proof of having a relaxing phase when I'm with plants ! We are now into it ,and also me and my husband on starting with our aquatic plants and new projects on aqua scaping ,his and my stress reliever

  5. Agree po kaya maganda din talaga. Pag meron tayo plants lsa house nakaka relax po sa pakiramdam habang pinagmamasdan lalo na pag meron din namumulaklak.


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