Flowers for Self-Care
September 05, 2022 | Wellness
The importance of self-care has become more obvious, understandably, with renewed focus on mental health.
With pandemic-related stresses and our already-fast-paced lifestyles taking a daily toll, experts advise personal lifestyle changes to relieve the pressure.
Here is where flowers come in! Recent studies demonstrate flowers’ natural ability to help you feel more joyful, strengthen feelings of compassion, foster your creativity and even provide an energy boost—reducing stress to help create feelings of happiness.
Nature provides us with a very simple and accessible way to improve emotional health – flowers.
Flowers trigger happy emotions, heighten feelings of satisfaction and affect behavior in a positive way far beyond what was originally believed.
“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers.
And the little gestures or compassion you show yourself, such as treating yourself to fresh flowers, can have a powerful impact.
- Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. Study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, with feelings of delight and gratitude.
- Flowers have long-term, positive effects on mood. Participants report feeling less depressed and anxious after receiving flowers, with a higher sense of life satisfaction.
- Flowers make intimate connections. and led to increased contact with family and friends.
- Flowers are a unique gift with the proven potential to reduce stress — likely because flowers provide the opportunity to connect with nature.
- Flowers improve mood. Participants overwhelmingly reported an improvement in their overall mood.
“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”
Adding flowers to reduce stress does not require tremendous effort to generate a meaningful effect, said researcher Erin Largo-Wight, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of North Florida.
Here are some top tips for self-care
- Surround yourself with flowers: Browse your local grocery store’s flower department. Just the sight and smell of the natural beauty of flowers can put you at ease.
- Color your world: Bright colors promote optimism and a sense of uplift. Choose orange or yellow roses for your kitchen counter or desk, and watch your mood soar.
- Find peace: If it seems like nothing is going right today, try flowers in soothing, tranquil colors, such as blues and lavenders. Place a small arrangement on your nightstand or in your bathroom, and experience stress-relieving benefits right before you go to bed, and when you get up to start your day.
- Get some fresh air: Step outside for a fresh perspective. Take a walk in the local park or garden, enjoy lunch outside on the porch, browse the farmer's market or head to nearby walking trails. Even a few minutes outside with nature can help you feel refreshed.
- Go on a road trip to a place you've never been before. Pack a picnic for the park, get tickets to see a show, or get out of the city and spend the evening star-gazing. It's a great break for both your mind and your body!
- Gift yourself some joy: Surround yourself with simple things that make you feel happy and loved, like a vibrant bunch of flowers. Flowers have the power to open hearts—helping you to focus on the positives in your day. Pick out a gorgeous bouquet of fresh flowers at your local store, or send some to your own home. Each time you look at your flowers (or get a whiff of that great scent), you’ll remember that you deserve a little TLC.
- Sprinkle your house with small doses of calm: You’ll be amazed how many small arrangements you can get out of a single bouquet. Place a few stems throughout your home for constant reminders to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ And the fragrant scent can really soothe you, too!
- Have a friend or loved one who could use a boost? Have flowers delivered as a surprise to their door, and watch their ordinary day become extraordinary. It will give you a boost, too.
- Help others: Relieve the pressures of the day by doing something nice for someone else. Visit your local flower department and buy two bouquets. Keep one for yourself, then take the other bouquet and “petal it forward" in a random act of kindness. Floral providers—here are more ways you can be involved.
- Get creative: You don’t need to be an artist to get your creative juices growing. Spend an hour dabbling with some paint, grab magazines and make a collage or mood board, or arrange flower stems into a beautiful bouquet.
Treat yourself to a new bouquet at your bedside or your desk — you deserve it.
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