Are the people in your office feeling sluggish or moody lately? Help boost their spirits up by simply adding indoor plants. Not only do they brighten up a room and give it colour and appeal (i.e., unless your office walls are painted green), but they can bring actual health benefits, as well, like aiding lowering of blood pressure and reducing stress. So with more indoor plants, there will be less complaints of headaches, colds, and circulatory problems.
Dry indoor air is the culprit for a number of respiratory problems, especially during winter. So having plants inside the office also helps maintain humidity levels indoors.
Plant leaves also produce negative ions, like that of air purifying machines. Negative ions are said to attach themselves to and efficiently get rid of particles like dust, moulds, bacteria, and allergens. The presence of negative ions is credited for increasing psychological health, productivity, and overall well-being.
Indoor plants can also remove up to 87% of toxins in the air within 24 hours. This includes harmful impurities like carbon monoxide, ammonia, xylene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
A study from the University of Reading discovered that school children performed better in exams when potted plants were put in their classrooms. Thus, more and more companies find that adding some greens in the workplace encourages creativity and productivity from employees.
Of course, everyone can also get the same benefits by going outside for a walk near trees or shrubs, which strengthens the merit of deep breathing. When it’s too cold or wet outside, though, it can’t be expected of anyone to go out for a breath of fresh air.
A plant is also said to be able to lower noise levels up to 5 decibels and lessen distraction in the office.
Now as to what plants to get for the office, there are several options. The Mother Fern is quite popular, known for purifying the air and doesn’t require much attention. Popular due to it being very low maintenance is the Cowboy Cactus and can give a room a distinct look. If your priority is to get rid of toxins the air, the Dragon Tree would be your best bet and it looks really good in any room, too. Other air purifying plants are Palms, Ivy, and Peace Lilies
So if you’re workplace is missing some greens, it’s high time to get some.
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