Greenery Can Help You Do Your Job Better

By: Lauren Mineau

Last week, we covered the importance of having access to natural light in the workplace. For some, that’s not a possibility at the present moment. But what can you do in the meantime?

Bringing something in from the outside can help you feel more connected to nature, reduce stress and boost your mood, among many other benefits.

Lots of research supports the notion of having plants in our spaces, be it home or work. Research done by Marlon Nieuwenhuis from the Cardiff University School of Psychology found that plants in the workplace significantly increase workplace satisfaction, concentration and air quality.

Which plants are best for indoor living? Try for things that require little upkeep and are relatively neutral of odors and shedding. An overly fragrant flowering plant or one that needs to be culled often could do more harm than good.

Here are a few good options, according to House Beautiful magazine.

Cacti: They require minimal watering and do very well in natural light.

Jade plants: These need a bit more watering but thrive in indoor environments.

Aloe Vera: This plant requires water only once every couple of weeks.

Succulents: These plants are small and easy to keep up. Their leaves hold onto water and do well in dry air.

Most green, leafy plants are a good option. Look for things labeled houseplants or options that require low to moderate light.

In case your office has a no plants policy, you can fake it with images of nature at your desk or as a computer background. When selecting a new yearly calendar, consider one with images of green pastures or scenes.