One question: do you have a plant on your desk? Because the most needed place for a plant in your life is on your desk. Even if you’re not really into plants, they are an essential part of life!
Why a plant is good for you?
1) Your health:
Plants have been proven to improve your immune system. How many hours do you spend sitting at your desk, or for entrepreneurs who enjoy working in various places of their home, on your couch, your kitchen table or your bed even? The answer to this is probably: many hours. So, your workplace is where you will enjoy the most benefits of plants.
In this article from Prevention.com, you can learn a lot about the health benefits that a simple green leafy friend can bring to your life.
Not only do they act as air purifiers, but they also increase the indoor air humidity; they are great little helpers against winter dryness and allergies, especially in colder countries such as Canada.
2) Your brain:
It has been shown in various studies that having some greeneries around you improves your focus considerably. For instance, the ScientificAmerican has even linked this improvement of focus to a legitimate IQ improvement, and also remarkable working performances.
Apparently, our brains have better abilities to focus for a long period of time on green leaves than on a blinking screen or white paper sheets. This means that a plant helps us regain our attention capacity that we tend to loose as the day passes by. A plant would act as a passive and non-invasive focus coach.
3) Meditation guide
By meditation, I mean the essence of the term “meditation” which is quieting everything around you; allowing you to focus on yourself and become aware of your thoughts.
Focusing quietly on a plant, just for a few seconds, will allow your mind to relax on something that is natural; humans have been disconnected from nature in the past hundreds of years, so it is important to go back to it regularly. In other words, plants are our historic companions!
Now, instead of focusing on a stressful meeting you’ve just had, focus on your plant for a short while; rest and appease your mind. This is what meditation is: choosing your focus and noticing your emotions.
Here is an example of what you can do to relax your mind in a very short time:
Point to one edge of a leaf with your finger, a pen or even mentally, then let it run alongside the edge of the leaf, slowly tracing the shape of it. While doing so, describe what you see and feel: “I’m putting my fingertip on the edge of the biggest leaf.” “I can feel the softness of the plant, and I’m enjoying its bright colour.” “While my finger is running along the edge of this leaf I can feel it move under my fingertips” etc…
Speaking, even if mentally, will help you gather all your focus on your exact movements. This is exactly what meditation is about. When you are done, you will be in a quiet state of mind. If you are not quite there yet, just do this exercise again!
After this exercise, your problems won’t have disappeared. However, you will have reset your brain to not only focus on the negative; it will help you find solutions as you will have a more relaxed mind.
To conclude this post, I want to underline that taking care of a plant is cheap and easy. Tiny plants are affordable and if you choose well, some require very little attention. If in doubt, bamboo is the most efficient air purifier for the lowest care required.
One last thing: adding a plant to your desk has many benefits, but nothing compares to adding a short walk to your hectic indoor bound day. We tend to forget how much our bodies need fresh air and nature. Big polluted cities are only a few decades old. Before that, for thousands of years, mankind had been in contact daily, if not constantly, with nature. We may have forgotten, but our bodies certainly haven’t.
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