indoor plant with white wall
Jessica Rees
Sustainability and Engagement Officer
2 minute read

Having plants indoors is great for our mental health and wellbeing. Anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes in any green space can reduce stress, lower our blood pressure, and create a calm environment for us, so let's transform our spaces indoors as we can't always get outdoors, especially over winter.

a bath tub surrounded by a jungle of green plants

Bringing nature indoors

  • Plants can be easy to care for indoors. Any sized space will work, just choose your plant for the space you have (think about light levels, warmth etc)Help your plants to flourish by reading the care instructions, don't worry if they are lost here are some of the best indoor plants for beginners.

 

  • Experimenting with shapes and sizes of plants can add variety to your green space. Adding colour can also make a difference, it can influence our moods, see here for more info.

 

  • Creating a fresh herb wall on a shelf or windowsill in your kitchen will make it smell great and look green and calm too it will also save on money and reduce packaging waste from shop bought herbs.

 

  • Don't have time to look after real plants? Don't worry, artificial plants can also provide green space calmness, especially with low maintenance care – they just need a little dusting with a damp cloth occasionally. Although you won't get the air cleaning benefits you get from a real plant it will make your space look and feel more like a green haven.

 

  • Dried plants and flowers are an easy-care alternative too, for example roses and lavender have a natural scent that has been linked to stress reduction and better sleep quality, while adding vibrance to your home – these can often be reused and are easy to make.

 

  • Decorating your space with other things like plant themed fairy lights or nature-based artwork for your walls can enhance the overall atmosphere of your living space, improving the quality of your wellbeing.

 

a green armchair with a white blanket and a green plant next to it