Flowers are more than just a mere decoration, they are known to have the power to boost mood, improve air quality and relieve stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety is at an all time high, especially with the current world pandemic. Being stuck in doors all day every day, furloughed and home schooling, it is bound to have effect on our mental health! It is difficult to feel upbeat and 100% all the time.
Flowers can help
Bloom & Wild conducted a study that has shown that people are reducing their stress and anxiety with arranging and keeping flowers around the home. Flower arranging can help us find mindfulness, challenge our mind, enhance focus and connect us to nature. Whether you are a trained florist, aspiring florist or even a hobbyist, the act of combining beautiful blooms in uplifting colours, aromas and textures before they hit the vase has many benefits for your own mental wellbeing. It can make you feel less stressed out as it lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
According to a study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, viewing roses induce significant physiological and psychological relaxation for women (link). The American Society of Horticulture Science performed a study and confirmed that the introducing plants and flowers into hospital dorms during the recovery period had a positive influence linking directly to health outcomes. Furthermore, patients exposed to plants experienced lower ratings of pain, anxiety, fatigue, enhanced physiological responses and more positive feelings (link).
Here are a few tips on how you can achieve a mindful state and some of the subsequent benefits we have found when arranging flowers.
Make time for you
This may seem obvious, but it is important to take a step back and make time for yourself. So many of us rush through the day switching from task to task, activity to activity, sorting out family, chores and work commitments. Be purposeful about your time, set a date every week. If you are new to the hobby, think of flower arranging as experimental. Order your flowers in store or online, do your research, learn about the varieties and make this all part of the process.
You can find our first demonstration tutorial for inspiration on what you can create. Click here.
Create your own space
Set up a mindful space in your home, studio or workplace to start flower arranging. Turn on your favourite music playlist, lay out the flowers.
Consider scent & colours
Scent and colour are topics that we will expand on further in the week. Colour is a powerful communication tool, it can influence mood, emotion and action signal. Blue is calming and peaceful, green is grounding and connected to nature, whilst purple is full of energy and life. Similarly, fragrance can have a similar connection to our wellbeing, the smells of a flower arrangement can induce relaxation and calmness. Scents such as lavender, jasmine and rosemary.
Connect with friends
Meet up with your friends in your garden or virtually over Zoom to craft together. From creating seasonal wreaths, flower crowns to seasonal bouquets, get creative and just have fun!
Buy your ‘Well Being Flower Box‘ online and join us on Saturday 15th May to create your own fun afternoon tea table setting! Gran a cup of tea, and let’s start the conversation about mental health. For every box sold online, £1 will be donated to Mental Health Foundation.
For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week and Mental Health Foundation, click here.
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