5 ways flowers can improve your mental well-being

Here are five ways that flowers can be introduced into a weekly routine to help achieve better mental health:

1. Buy yourself a bunch from your local flowers shop. Buy yourself a gorgeous oversized vase and start filling it with different bunches of fresh flowers each week and let the heady scents fill your home for days. Research has indicated that flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods with study participants feeling less depressed, anxious, and agitated after being exposed flowers on a regular basis.

2. Plant a flower garden. Head down to Bunnings and secure yourself some seedlings. Make your weekend hobby the planting and tending to your own flower garden, the proceeds of which you’ll be able to proudly display to anyone who enters your front door.

3. Give flowers more regularly as gifts. All study participants from the Rutgers University study, in every age group, expressed excitement when receiving flowers. Reactions included surprise, genuine happiness and gratitude resulting in a deeper and more meaningful relationship between the giver and receiver.

4. DIY Flowers. If you prefer the self-taught method, join an online class on how to create your own gorgeous floral arrangement and make it a hobby to create a unique arrangement every week. You could even go one step further and create your own Instagram page to showcase your creative genius!

5. Do a course in flower arranging. Find a workshop or short course near you and enrol to learn how to turn flowers into a floral masterpiece. Flower arranging has the power to help us enter into a parasympathetic state which moves us from flight or fight into relax and reset which makes it a very powerful ‘pick me up’ when you’re feeling down.

Source: https://www.wellnessdaily.com.au/health/5-ways-flowers-can-improve-your-mental-wellbeing?utm_source=MyBusiness&utm_campaign=26_06_18&utm_medium=email.

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