A GREENER life is a HAPPIER life! Here are some benefits of greenery in and around your home!

 

Nature comes home with Shady Gum!

We all have demanding lives and we’re all looking for a sanctuary from chaos.

At Shady Gum, we believe that no one can provide better sanctuary to stressed-out humans than Mother Nature. Unfortunately, staying close to Mother Nature is not always feasible, especially for city-dwellers with busy urban lifestyles.

But what if nature came to you in all its fresh, pristine, scenic form?

As humans, we have an innate desire to be close to nature, a phenomenon known as ‘biophilia’. In fact, nature is our lifeline. A world without plants would be a world without humans. You can keep the glory of nature close to your body, mind and soul with an outdoor garden and even indoor plants!

Advantages of a green home environment

Here are some of the amazing benefits of greenery, both inside the home and outside:

  1. Purify the air you breathe

This one’s a no-brainer! Plants take in carbon dioxide and release life-giving oxygen. Indoor plants in particular don’t just reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air for a cleaner atmosphere; they even reduce air-borne particulate matter and harmful pollutants. Amazingly, they also stabilise humidity levels and help to relieve the symptoms of ‘sick building syndrome’ (SBS).

In fact, indoor plants are a boon for modern office buildings with their predominantly air-conditioned and sealed environments that contain massive amounts of pollutants and toxic substances like mould, formaldehyde, dust mites and carbon monoxide.

  1. Reduce stress, anxiety and even depression

Being around plants can have a positive effect on the mood. It can also sharpen your focus and concentration. A 2010 study by the University of Technology, Sydney found that when plants were introduced to a workspace, workers experienced a significant reduction in stress, depression, anxiety, anger and even fatigue.

Moreover, people who live near nature feel much happier than people who don't. Even looking at greenery on a daily basis can help! Ultimately, the presence of plants can lead to the release of happy hormones in your body which will support both your mental and physical heath.

It is a well-known fact that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect on the mind. Studies have also shown that people who have a green home or working environment are more attentive, less anxious and enjoy greater satisfaction in their personal and professional lives.

All in all, decorating your home or office with plants can help promote well-being and a feeling of rich contentment.

  1. Enjoy better sleep

The duration and quality of sleep can affect productivity, attention span, memory as well as general health and well-being. Plants can make your bedroom a more relaxing and cosy space so you can sleep better and longer. Try soothing plants with amazing anti-anxiety benefits like jasmine, lavender, rosemary or eucalyptus.

  1. Boost your creativity and productivity

Noise pollution can be very stressful for some people. In gardens, plants, soil and air are acoustic insulators that dampen and reduce noise – great for homes or offices close to traffic, trains, factories or airports. This can help improve concentration, productivity and performance. In addition, surrounding yourself with greenery – even if it’s just a few plants on a windowsill – can boost your creativity and ability to think ‘out of the box’. Science has proved that looking at nature can physically change the brain and improve its processing mechanisms, which can make you more imaginative and creative.

  1. Improve your physical health and longevity

Science has found many positive links between an outdoor lifestyle and moderate physical activity with longer life expectancy. In fact, many doctors prescribe a walk in nature to treat a variety of ailments and promote longevity. When you spend time in a garden among sunlight and fresh air, your blood pressure will drop, increase your immunity and reduce your susceptibility to illness and disease. The colours and textures of various plants can also improve your visual and tactile ability. Those who are currently ill or have undergone medical procedures can experience reduced recovery times if they regularly interact with plants or spend time in a green environment.

Whether the greenery is in an outdoor garden or inside your home or workplace, spending time with it can have a positive effect on your health (both mental and physical) and well-being. As a matter of fact, being close to nature can make you happier – PERIOD!

Create your green oasis with Shady Gum Garden Centre

With Shady Gum, you can add plants to your office, bedroom or outdoors and reap all the benefits of a growing and nurturing ecosystem. We are also one of the premier suppliers of Sir Walter turf in Melbourne and can even help you lay out your outdoor garden at an affordable price. So if “instant turf suppliers Melbourne” is what you’re looking for, then we are it! Just give us a call at (03)9305 5900 or email us at info@shadygum.com.au. Or simply drop in!

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