Plants for a Welltended life

On a normal day here in Chicago, I will often have battled morning traffic into Chicago’s Loop, avoided a too close encounter with cars and buses all whizzing by, and shielded my senses from the noise and air pollution that is a given in any dense urban environment.

Though I absolutely love living here, it goes without saying that we all sometimes need shelter from how hectic the lights and buzz of the city can make things feel. Thus, for me, turning my apartment into my own personal sanctuary, filled to the brim with living, breathing plant decor, has become highly important.

Plants not only look gorgeous in the home, but they offer a ton of benefits.

Not only are plants aesthetically one of the most pleasing things that you can add to your indoor space, but they also offer a ton of health and emotional benefits. I’ve outlined a few of those benefits here — but, seriously, what are you waiting for? Create your own plant haven today!

Plants can reduce stress & improve your mood
Research has shown that there may be a link between stress levels and the presence of nature. Since most of us can’t spend all of our time in the great outdoors, introducing plants to the home or office may serve as the perfect compromise. According to Psychology Today, “Relative to a barren environment, the research suggests that having plants around you is a good thing for your health and productivity.” I know from personal experience how happy my plants make me — just one look at them and I perk right up.

Plants can increase productivity
A study from Exeter University found that plants can actually make you and your coworkers more productive while at your desks. The article states that “‘Green’ offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than ‘lean’ designs stripped of greenery….researchers found enriching a ‘lean’ office with plants could increase productivity by 15%.”

Plants can clean the air
Okay, we fully admit that you’d have to have quite a few plants to make a meaningful impact on your indoor air quality. But, research by NASA has shown that plants can contribute to cleaning the around you. Considering that we typically spend 85-90% of our time indoors, and indoor air quality is often worse than that of outdoors, this seems like pretty compelling evidence that we should ALL own houseplants!

At Welltended, we can help you find the perfect plant for your home or office. Using our houseplant selection tool, you can provide some simple information about the light in your home and your willingness to care for the plant. From there, we’ll provide a curated selection of plants for you to choose from, as well as let you sign up for reminders to care for your plant.

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