Ever felt that divine feeling of calm while walking in the woods or sitting on the beach?
Scientists have studied the effects of being in nature. It lowers our stress levels, makes us feel happier, and frees our mind of the clutter of daily life.
If you’ve ever wished you could bring that feeling home, I have great news for you: You can!
Studies confirm that the healing benefits of nature extend beyond the woods or the beach! Doing something as simple as setting up a fish tank or adding a live plant to your home can have similar therapeutic effects.
That’s right! Zen gardening is a real thing!
Listed below are some individual benefits from the three activities this blog will focus on:
1. houseplant care/indoor gardening
2. outdoor gardening
3. freshwater aquaria (sometime in the future!)
Each activity can really be as expensive and time-intensive as you would like it to be. However, as a general rule, the lowest cost and lowest maintenance option is indoor gardening.
Curious what studies have shown for each individual focus area? Here are some quick facts:
Indoor Gardening (caring for house plants)
- House plants reduce anxiety and stress levels
- Indoor gardening boosts your immune system
- Adding plants to our home cleans the air we breathe
- House plants are associated with thoughtful and creative work
- How many plants are needed to reap these benefits? As little as one!
- Interestingly, psychologists have found that even artificial plants can have the same effect if they are convincing!
- Gardening improves your mental health, especially with regards to stress-relief, depression, and anxiety
- Gardening boosts self-esteem
- It increases or maintains your hand strength and dexterity
- Outdoor gardening is a great workout physically and mentally
- It helps to ease chronic pain
- Watching fish reduces people’s blood pressure, heart rate, and stress level
- Aquariums improve productivity and morale in the workplace
- These benefits apply to aquariums of any size
- Being near water makes people feel more calm, focused, and connected to the world around them
- Fish tanks are proven to be therapeutic for people with Alzheimer’s: aquariums help to stimulate appetite, increase focus, and reduce anxiety!