Having Plants Can Help With Stress Levels

Go ahead and buy an indoor plant—it could help you feel less stressed. Licensed mental health counselor Jesse Radloff says, “Researcher has been done examining the effect on people while being in an indoor environment with or without plants. Not only did the people in the rooms with plants self-report feeling less stressed and happier, their cortisol (a stress hormone) was also lower than those in non-plant rooms.” She adds that there’s a type of mental health therapy called horticultural therapy which “among other activities, involves caring for an indoor plant to improve mood, motivation, stress levels, and feelings of self efficacy.” Another expert says if you’re new to indoor gardening you should consider starting out with an easy plant, such as a snake plant, pothos, philodendron, or dracaena.

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