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Having A Plant At Your Desk Could Reduce Stress At Work, Says Study

Having A Plant At Your Desk Could Reduce Stress At Work, Says Study

If you're not an experienced planter, you could always go for succulents and air plants, which require less maintenance than the rest.

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Stress in workplaces is one of the pressing issues that plague modern society. With several employees cracking under this pressure, a team of researchers from the University of Hyogo, Japan, decided to find a solution to this growing problem. Through their recent study called 'Potential of a Small Indoor Plant on the Desk for Reducing Office Workers’ Stress,' the experts found that placing a plant on one's desk could significantly reduce your stress at the workplace. The research details an experiment that was used to verify if plants could, in fact, decrease stress at the office and the findings were published in the 'American Society for Horticultural Science Journal.'

For the experiment, researchers approached sixty-three office workers at an electric company in Japan to participate in this study. Each of the participants was asked to sit in their place and take two three-minute breaks when they felt exhausted. During one of these rest periods, they could look at or care for plants placed on their desk and in the other one, there were no plants present. Using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the experts measured the psychological stress the participants underwent during both the breaks. 

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They found that the pulse rates of the workers were significantly lower during the break which had desk plants than the one without them. This led the researchers to conclude that "having opportunities to gaze intentionally at nearby plants on a daily basis in the work environment can reduce the psychological and physiological stress of office workers." While many studies have revealed the psychological and physiological benefits that come with maintaining indoor plants, this recent research study appears to completely focus on its benefits at a workplace, where most of us spend a significant time of our day. 

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Now, if you're looking to reduce stress by decorating your office with potted plants there are many options. You could either plant them yourselves or simply contact companies to send them your way. The latter option is a popular alternative as it does not require you to have a green thumb.  If you're not an experienced planter, you could opt for succulents and air plants, which require less maintenance than the rest.

Websites like Blommscape allows you to select your desired plants based on different criteria. For instance, they specify the amount of sunlight and water the plants need and also mention whether or not the plants are toxic for pets. According to PEOPLE, they even have a dedicated section on their website for office plants. These come in various sizes, ranging from extra-small to extra-large, and you can purchase them based on your preferences and requirements. But if getting plants still seems like a huge responsibility, try going in for artificial ones that look remarkably real!

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