An increasing number of people have started working from home over the past eighteen months, and with good reason. Of course, much of this is connected to the current COVID- pandemic and it is highly likely that some of these people will continue to work from home.
However, to successfully work from home you need a dedicated space, preferable away from everyone else. Regardless of how you create your office space, you are likely to feel more stressed than usual. This is because you need to do the same job in a more challenging situation and you are probably concerned with how busy you appear to be to your boss.
Fortunately, you can take care of many of these concerns simply by de-stressing your office. Adding the right house plants is a great way to do this. Here are 5 houseplants that are known to reduce stress levels:
- Aloe Vera
You probably already know that the gel from the aloe vera plant is very good at soothing the skin, specifically burns. It also has antiseptic properties, helping to keep infections out of cuts. Simply having it at your home means that it is a useful medical kit!
But, aloe vera is also very good at purifying the air, allowing you to de-stress.
- English Ivy
All plants filter the air bit some are more effective than others. English Ivy was discovered to be the most effective plant on earth at removing chemicals, specifically formaldehyde. The study and conclusion were completed by NASA!
This plant also looks great and is a good climber, allowing you to bring the outside into your office and instantly feel calmer.
- Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is surprisingly low maintenance making it a great plant for any office space It is also effective at filtering toxins from the air. But, the peace lily is also very effective at removing stress simply because it looks fantastic.
Appreciating its beauty will distract you enough to let you forget the reason for your stress, that is the key to de-stressing.
- Bamboo Palm
This is another plant that scored very well on NASA’s study. It has a purification score of 8.4 out of ten, making it an effective air purifier, specifically when it comes to removing benzene and trichloroethylene.
As well as helping to relieve your stress this plant is very low maintenance, a little water occasionally is enough to keep it happy.
- Red-Edged Dracaena
The red-edged dracaena is a stunning-looking plant that can get as tall as 15ft if allowed to grow! If you are keeping it in your office it is better to trim it regularly. The stunning red edging on the leaves will catch your eye and help you to release the stress of the moment. Of course, it will also help to purify the air.
All plants purify the air, although some do it better than others. But, the real beauty of plants in your home office is that they are a distraction. This encourages you to de-stress and re-focus, making it easier to get the job done.