If cold and snowy winter days get you down, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Battling the winter blues is more common than you think. The good news is, indoor plant care is a great way to beat the winter blues.
Researchers say the presence of potted plants can help you feel better all winter long. Studies show indoor plant care has several benefits, including lowering your blood pressure, decreasing your anxiety levels and improving your overall well-being.
In other words, indoor plants are good for your health.
So, let’s take a look at some of the ways taking care of indoor plants will not only help you beat the winter blues, but improve your health in other ways, too.
Plants purify the air
One of the reasons you may feel down when the temperature drops is because winter (and coronavirus) can make you feel like you’re all cooped up. The lack of fresh air may wear on you after a while. But plants convert the carbon dioxide you exhale back into the oxygen you breathe.
Nothing like a breath of fresh air to beat the winter blues.
Indoor plant care reduces anxiety
Houseplants may reduce anxiety and possibly even speed the healing process. Studies showed people with plants in their hospital rooms recovered more quickly after surgery. These patients also experienced lower blood pressure, lower pain assessments, less anxiety and less fatigue than patients without plants in their room.
Plants provide a distraction
If you’re taking time out of your day for a little indoor plant care, your brain will benefit. Caring for your houseplant will give your brain a much needed break from the constant stimuli of the electronic age and stresses of everyday life.
In fact, research shows tending to a potted plant can speed your recovery from high-stress situations. Simply touching the soil and smelling the plant boosts your mood and brings stress levels down. Another study found just the scent of an indoor plant may be enough to help you to de-stress. If you find yourself chronically stressed, consider adding houseplants to your environment.
Plants provide color
Just the color of your plants can put you in a better mood. Fortunately, indoor plants come in a wide range of colors, and many are easy to grow.
Studies show colors — especially red — can provide mood-boosting effects. Red is a warm, stimulating, inviting color that elicits an emotional pick-me-up. Pink, on the other hand, is tranquil and promotes peace. White gives many people a feeling of clarity and freshness.
Anthuriums develop striking blooms that last for weeks and they are easy to care for. They need a fair amount of light but will bloom consistently, especially during the months of February and March. The flowers are large and colorful, with red, pink and white being the most common colors.
Bromeliad plants add a touch of tropical flair to your decor, producing colorful, long-lasting leaf crowns.
Money trees are also easy to maintain and provide a brilliant, refreshing pop of green to any room.
Orchids come in an even wider range of colors to suit your personal style and your home decor.
These are just some of the ways indoor plant care can help you to beat the winter blues. If you’re not sure what plants to add to your home or where to put them, our “Winter Home Decor Lookbook” can help. Inside you’ll find the latest home decor trends and simple ways to add mood-boosting plants to your home.
Finally, it's important to understand the difference between the winter blues and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Symptoms of the winter blues include a lack of energy or motivation, moodiness, cravings for comfort foods, a desire to sleep more and a temptation to become a hermit. SAD is a form of major depression and should be treated by a professional. Many of the symptoms of SAD are similar to the winter blues with the difference being that mood changes from SAD start to impact your daily living in negative ways.
If you or someone you know may have SAD, reach out to a professional for help.