Published at Monday, January 15th, 2018 - 13:42:45 PM. Garden. By Bernardine Regine.
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Houseplants can reduce anxiety and speed healing. Studies show that patients recover from surgery more quickly when their hospital rooms contain plants and flowers. These patients had lower blood pressure, lower pain assessments, less anxiety, and less fatigue than patients without plants in the room.
Winter weather can certainly precipitate symptoms of cabin fever, the doldrums, the winter blues. Gardeners know that plants can help relieve those feelings. Who doesn't enjoy seeing colorful blooms during the gray days of winter? Scientists agree that houseplants likely improve mood by reducing stress, increasing pain tolerance, and lessening physical discomfort. Why? Possibly because plants simply make a room more lively and appealing. Indoor contact with nature can provide the same natural relaxation we experience outdoors. This phenomenon is called biophilia, a love of nature, and architects have designed buildings around the concept.
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