Flower Power: The Impact of Flowers on Mental Health
10 May 2017
With so many stresses in everyday life and rising statistics around mental illness, it feels pretty special to know that something as simple as flowers could have the answer.
This week (8-14th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, bringing to the forefront of conversation the importance of good mental wellbeing and the reality of how many people are living with mental health problems. So, we thought we’d add our two penneth, as research consistently links flowers and plants with positive psychological health.
They impact your mood…for days!
Flowers do more than just brighten your room, they can have an uplifting and brightening effect on your mood too. But more than just a hit of happy, research has shown that the impact can last for days, so way more powerful than that bar of chocolate and significantly less calories!
Flowers can chase away anxieties, worries and the blues, making people feel less depressed, troubled or agitated. They can induce a more positive outlook on life, boosting energy and happiness.
Even the smell can help relieve anxiety and are the ideal antidote to stress surrounding looming deadlines or to-do list juggling.
They improve your productivity and creativity
Whether in the workplace or in a home office, flowers and plants are proven to improve performance and ignite creativity. Enthusiasm, energy and job satisfaction are all reported side effects and are well worth investing in if you work long hours or need regular inspiration.
They create stronger and more intimate connections
We live in an age that is increasingly disconnected, foregoing physical contact in place of iPhones and Facebook. No wonder then that the rates of loneliness is on the up. But by sending/receiving flowers we are re-connecting, showing family and friends they are in our thoughts.
It is also felt that by displaying flowers in our home, we are creating a welcoming environment that invites our guests in and opens our world to theirs.
They can help heal
Flowers are also proven to help reduce recovery time and so it’s such a shame that so many hospitals don’t allow them anymore. But if someone is ill or recuperating at home, a thoughtful bunch of blooms can generate such a sense of wellbeing that things like blood pressure, heart rate and fatigue can all be reduced.
They make the recipient happy
Imagine turning around someone’s day (or week! – see above) through one, simple gesture. To know that they are loved and supported, can mean so much that the positive impact of receiving a bouquet can be enough to lift them out of a difficult place or low point. Flowers are a perfect solution to communicate emotions where it’s hard to find the right words.
They make the sender happy
‘The manner of giving is worth more than the gift’ – we all love that warm, fuzzy feeling of making someone happy right? Well this feeling is proven to nurture your own mental health, giving you an injection of wellbeing and feel-good vibes. As humans, we perceive gift-giving as a caring, emotional and thoughtful act and enjoy feeling like we are one of those people.
What to choose?
So, you’re if you’re with me and inspired by FLOWER POWER, where do you start? Well, think about what you want to achieve. Cool, fresh colours tend to be more relaxing and are perfect for soothing or calming down strong emotions, as are curvy shapes. Whereas, bold, bright saturated colours are best for energising and mood-lifting. Similarly, combinations that fall near each other on the colour wheel tend to be more comforting versus contrasting opposites which are usually more lively and bouncy.
Either way, we can help you choose and can think of nothing more satisfying than play our part in delivering that hit of happy and feel good vibes!