Beating the Blues: Harnessing the Power of Houseplants on Blue Monday

on Monday, 15 January 2024. Posted in News

"Blue Monday" is a term that is often used to describe the third Monday of January, which is considered by some to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first introduced in 2005 by a PR company in a press release commissioned by a travel agency. While the idea of a specific day being the "most depressing" is subjective and not scientifically proven, it does draw attention to the challenges people may face during the winter months, such as post-holiday blues, cold weather, and shorter days.

We would like to draw your attention to the many benefits that houseplants bring to your home and working environment. 
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Stress Reduction: Studies have suggested that the presence of indoor plants can have a positive impact on reducing stress and promoting a sense of well-being. The visual appeal of plants and the act of caring for plants can contribute to a calming environment.
Increased Productivity: Having plants in the workspace has been associated with increased productivity and creativity. The natural elements may help create a more pleasant and stimulating atmosphere.
Connection to Nature: Bringing nature indoors allows us to connect with the natural world, even in urban or indoor settings. This connection to nature has been linked to various psychological and emotional benefits.
Aesthetically Pleasing: Simply put, many people find the presence of plants aesthetically pleasing. The greenery and variety of shapes and sizes can enhance the visual appeal of a space.
Nurturing: Taking care of plants involves a bit of time and promotes the sense of responsibility and routine which can be fulfilling and can provide a positive distraction from daily stresses.
The idea behind Blue Monday has been widely criticised for oversimplifying mental health issues and plants@work does not claim that houseplants are the solution to the mental problems people may experience. Mental health is a serious and nuanced subject that requires careful consideration, understanding, and support. If you need help please contact your gp or if you are our industry member you may consider getting in touch with Perennial and their helpline on 0800 093 8543
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