Fresh flowers can not only brighten your day, they can also improve the quality of your life. Along with being gorgeous, flowers provide many surprising but welcome benefits. They are wonderful additions to your home, brightening up the gray days of winter and bringing in the outdoors in the summer. Here are 5 surprising benefits of having fresh flowers in your home.
1. Flowers can boost your mood.
Simply looking at flowers and taking a moment to breathe in certain flower scents can lead to decreased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
In the first study, they presented women with flowers, a fruit basket, or a candle. They then measured the womens’ smiles after the presentation and measured their moods three days later. All of the women who received flowers exhibited a smile, and this group of women also reported the largest increase in a positive mood.
2. Plants and flowers clean the air.
Plants reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air, while also adding oxygen, making it easier to breathe. Some plants can also reduce levels of certain pollutants.
3. Plants and flowers can increase energy levels.
Simply spending time working with or even looking at flowers has been shown to lower fatigue and increase energy levels. Adding some flowering plants to your office or home could be a great way to provide a boost of mid-day energy and improve your focus and creativity.
4. Flowers can help you physically heal.
One study of 90 patients recovering from a hemorrhoidectomy in a hospital found that patients who were placed in rooms containing flowers “had significantly more positive physiologic responses evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue than patients in the control room.”
5. The opportunity to nurture something can boost our happiness.
Just the jobs and attention to detail involved with caring for flowers and plants can help us feel happier. Whenever we nurture something smaller than ourselves we can feel fulfilled.
Are you looking to thrive instead of just getting by this winter? Get inspired to make small consistent changes this winter that will help you look and feel great. Don’t give into feelings of tiredness and poor physical and mental health this winter. These winter wellness tips are simple habits that only require a few minutes of your time. But if you do them every day you’ll begin to see positive changes in your mood and wellbeing.
1. Write in a gratitude journal every morning or evening.
This is a quick way to switch your mindset from a negative one to a positive one.
2. Go outside in the morning, at lunch, or after work.
Breathing fresh air will calm your nerves and lift your mood. Going for a walk really does make a big difference in how you feel. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, just a few minutes. One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to get outside daily.
3. Stay hydrated.
There are so many health benefits to drinking water, such as maximizing your physical performance, significantly affecting your energy levels and brain function, helping to prevent and treat headaches, helping and preventing digestive issues such as constipation and indigestion, and helping with weight loss. And the list could go on. Drink water or tea throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks as these cause spikes and drops in your blood sugar which will affect your mood.
4. Moisturize with body cream, balm, or ointment after a shower.
Keeping skin hydrated helps our skin stay healthy. Just after we shower, our pores are open due to the heat. Use this time to moisturize with skin cream, balm or ointment to help skin stay hydrated throughout the day.
5. Add simple pleasures or luxuries to everyday life.
Take a long hot bath, complete with bath salts, face, and hair masks. Wrap up in a soft robe or hot towels straight out of the dryer. Seek out and try a new restaurant nearby. Meditate. Read a good book. Even if you only have time to read a few chapters, take time out to dive into a good book.
6. Digital Detox.
In the winter, when it’s colder and the days are shorter and we’re inside more, it’s far easier and more tempting to spend more time on social media. Well it may be a surprise to you but social media is not good for your mental health. It fills you up with other peoples ‘perfect’ lives and leaves you envious and feeling not good enough. Take one or two days a week and switch off all digital devices.
7. Add humour to your day.
Collect funny memes, movies, books to add laughter to your day. Find a few simple items, such as photos, greeting cards or comic strips, that make you chuckle. Then hang them up at home or in your office, or collect them in a file or notebook. Keep funny movies, TV shows, books, magazines or comedy videos on hand for when you need an added humor boost. Look online at joke websites or silly videos. Listen to humorous podcasts. The Mayo clinic says laughter has both short term and long term health benefits such as improving your immune system, relieving pain, and soothing tension. In the winter when colds and the flu are more frequent, strengthening our immune systems is a needed thing.
8. Move your body.
Stretch for a few minutes every hour. Get your heart rate up whether it’s doing a workout or going for a brisk walk. Exercise improves your mood and raises your energy levels.
9. Dress in brighter colors.
Colours have the power to affect our emotions and mood. Warm tones such as reds and oranges are vibrant and energizing while cool colours such as blues and light greens calm us. And grey–mother nature’s favourite colour in winter—is depressing.
10. Invest in plant or flower therapy.
Plants and flowers are known to be effective in reducing stress, improving our ability to focus, and making us feel happy. During winter you’re inside for longer periods and plants help to optimize and clean the air! Nurturing a plant and being surrounded by greenery is good for the soul. Buy some flowers from the grocery store or visit a greenhouse.
11. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Eating 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies daily has been linked to a higher level of mental well-being. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will ensure you get all the essential vitamins and minerals you need.
Have never ending responsibilities taken the fun out of your days? Are you more stressed than at peace? Taking 10 minute retreats in your busy day can refresh your soul. These are powerful self care ideas to treat stress and calm yourself. Pamper yourself into wellness with little indulgences throughout your day. You can turn these into daily 10 minute habits that will change your life. Enjoy these self care ideas through simple pleasures in your day.
Treat Yourself to Breakfast in Bed
Keep it as simple as possible because the whole idea is to spend time relaxing in bed rather than cooking in the kitchen. Prepare yourself some in-season fresh fruit topped with yogurt or cream. Add to that some sparkling fruit flavoured water. This is an innocent pleasure that will revive your spirit and soul.
Take time to Meditate
To meditate simply means to focus on something to the point that you are oblivious to outside distractions and the passing of time. Meditate on things that are good and true. To meditate is to listen to the still small voice of the Creator that speaks words of love, direction and encouragement to us. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said,”Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him.”
Find Tranquility in Nature
The simple beauty of a sunset, the softness of a rose petal, the fragrance of a flower. Take time to see the beauty in creation. Somehow the beauty of nature holds our attention but doesn’t demand anything in return. For lots of inspiration from the beauty of nature, check out my Pinterest Spring inspiration aesthetic board and be sure to follow me as I post more inspiration from nature.
Have a Cup of Tea
Teatime creates an intentional pause in our day. Treat yourself to a quiet break in the day by having tea alone. Add some soothing background music or a favorite book and retreat from the world for a few moments. Find teatime inspiration on my Pinteresttea board.
Breathe Deeply a Soothing Scent
Enjoy the healing and restoring properties of fragrance. Research has shown that our sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than our other 4 senses. Try sprinkling your favorite essential oil on a cotton handkerchief and pulling it out during the day, breathing in fully, deeply and slowly to refresh yourself.
A cheerful heart does good like medicine(Proverbs 17:22). When you laugh your brain releases endorphins and a lot of other powerful antidepressant biochemicals that lead to an overall feeling of well-being. Instead of waiting for laughter to happen, be intentional about adding humour into your day. Put together a personal humour survival kit and fill it with jokes, funny books, and anything that will get you laughing. Check out my Humour Pinterest board if you need a smile or a chuckle.
Take a Slow Leisurely Walk Outdoors
As you walk with an unhurried stride, intentionally quiet your mind and slow your breathing. You’re more able to notice the details around you as you slow down- the scents, the sounds. Or to beat the winter blues, visit a greenhouse and soak in the sights and scents.
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There are so many health benefits to drinking water, such as maximizing your physical performance, significantly affecting your energy levels and brain function, helping to prevent and treat headaches, helping and preventing digestive issues such as constipation and indigestion, and helping with weight loss. And the list could go on.
Adequate water intake is essential to good health. But so often the day goes by and we have forgotten or have been too busy, or just simply lack the motivation to think of the importance of drinking water. Here are 10 easy health hacks to drink more water in your day.
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1. Set reminder alarms. Set reminders to drink more water using an app or the alarm on your smartphone or smart watch.
2. Have a stand-by purchased supply of naturally sweetened carbonated water drinks for those times when you just don’t have the motivation. We like Blackberry Bubly or San Pellegrino mineral water.
3. Flavour your water naturally with fruit, herbs, or cinnamon sticks. There are lots of water infusion recipes online. I use lemon a lot or a frozen apple slice with a cinnamon stick, or mint.
4.Get a high-tech water bottle — This cool water bottlerecommends your customized daily water intake with your phone and glows to remind you when it’s time to sip.
5.Set a daily routine. Every morning I have a glass of water with my vitamins and a large mug of hot water with lemon. Make it a habit to have a drink 30 minutes before each meal.
6. Have water that tastes good (and is good for you)by investing in a water filter for when you’re at home.
7. Prefill fruit or herb infused water bottles first thing in the morning so they’re ready for you and easy to grab throughout the day. Make this a habit as part of your morning routine.
8. Dilute juices and other sugary drinks with more water and ice.
9. Fill a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge for when you want a cold drink.
10. Develop a love for herbal tea. Drink it hot when you’re cold and ice it when you’re hot. I love having tea breaks during the day because it gives me a mini break from work and a chance to slow down. Lean in to tea, form a tea habit, and enjoy the hydration.
Free Hydrate Tracker
Enjoy this free hydrate tracker and remember to drink up! Use this free printable hydrate tracker to keep track of your water intake each day of the week.