Mental and Physical Benefits of Indoor Gardening during Covid-19 Pandemic?


Good Evening Everyone,

It’s been 5-6 months, we have been quarantined inside our homes due to recent outbreak of Coronavirus. Stepping outside our place has become very critical and risk-taking since “The World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.” And we don’t know how long we will be trapped inside these cemented walls.

Everyone working from home, elderly members who cannot go out for their evening walk? Ladies who cannot go out to buy grocery or market place, stuck inside kitchen whole day cooking and cleaning? and childrens who cannot go out to play? Everyone??? When was the last time you glance out of the window? How do you feel each time you look outside? How do you feel when you hold the fresh and colorful flower bouquet in your hand? Do you feel fresh and filled with joy when you sit in a garden surrounded by plants and greeneries? If so, you will agree plants have magical healing powers which affects our mind and health, altogether.

If you don’t then just watch the video completely and if you will definitely have a change of opinion along with a smile on your face, heart becomes lighter and you feel peace within.

“Glimpse of Nature”

Hope you feeling better and this glimpse of nature made you smile and relax.

Read the further post to understand those reasons and how adding small plants indoor will help you to cope up and improve your mental as well as physical health and make your indoor life little brighter and happier.

Mental and Physical Benefits of Indoor Gardening:

The following are the some importance benefits of Indoor Plants we must know and how adding a few saplings near and around you, can change you into a much calmer and peaceful person.

  1. Plants is a Natural Air Purifier:

In one of the research article they stated that, “The quality of the indoor environment has become a major health consideration, since urban-dwellers spend 80-90% of their time indoors, where air pollution can be several times higher than outdoors. ‘Indoor’ potted-plants can remove air-borne contaminants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), over 300 of which have been identified in indoor air. ” Their findings demonstrate the capacity of the potted-plant microcosm to contribute to cleaner indoor air, and lay the foundation for the development of the plant/substrate system as a complementary biofiltration system.

2. Plants facilitates Active Lifestyle and Healthy Eating Habits:

There is an article by American Society for Horticultural Science stating that “The metabolic cost of 10 gardening tasks was measured in children to determine associated exercise intensities. The children performed the tasks while wearing a portable telemetric calorimeter and a heart rate monitor to measure oxygen uptake and heart rate. Results showed digging and raking to be high-intensity, while the other activities were determined to be moderate-intensity. 

Another article by Richard Thompson states that “There is increasing evidence that exposure to plants and green space, and particularly to gardening, is beneficial to mental and physical health, and so could reduce the pressure on National Health Services. Health professionals should therefore encourage their patients to make use of green space and to work in gardens.

According to Harvard Medical School, just a half hour of general gardening activities burns 135 calories for a 125 pound/ 56-57 kg person.

Organic plants is full of nutrient and mineral rich elements, your plants will grow stronger cell and thus avoiding chemicals and pesticides which are usually present in the plants brought from the market. You can grow what you want to eat. And save you lot of time and money as well. It’s fun and will get easier with time and practise.

3. Plants Helps to Reduce Stress-Anxiety.

A Research study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology on “Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: a randomized crossover study” in 2015 showed that active interaction with indoor plants can reduce physiological and psychological stress compared with mental work. This is accomplished through suppression of sympathetic nervous system activity and diastolic blood pressure and promotion of comfortable, soothed, and natural feelings.

Thus helps us to stay calmer and helps us to regain positive feelings sooner then in those places which lack plants and greens completely.

4. Adding life to our dull office setting:

Since most of us our working from home, plants will add life and color in and around your desk thus making you feel calmer and increase your level of concentration with improving the aesthetic.

Proponents of colour psychology argue that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect – so decorating offices with this shade could potentially have a similar affect to introducing plants to the workspace.

2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace. Results included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue.

Although the study’s sample size was small, researchers concluded: “This study shows that just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.”

By absorbing sounds (rather than insulating against noise pollution), plants help to reduce the distracting effects of background office chatter. Positioning large plant pots, in multiple locations in the edges and corners of a room has the great positive benefit, according to a 1995 paper by researchers at London South Bank University.

Thus adding a pot or two will make a great difference if you are feeling sick while working from home and promote healthy mental well-being.

This is how I am day by day adding few greens in and around me!

“If I Can, You Can Too!”

Take Away Points:

Studies have shown indoor plants:
  1. Clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen
  2. Active lifestyle and promotes Healthy eating Habits
  3. Helps us reducing stress, anxiety and keep our mind calm.
  4. Mood Boosters, Increases productivity, concentration and creativity.
  5. Add life to a sterile office and reduce noise levels.

“Start Adding Plants In Your Life to Subtract Negative Emotions.”

-Jyoti Vishwakarma

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Have a Happy Planting! Have a Nice Day/Night!

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