Gazing At Plants Can Lower Stress, Improve Work Life

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The sight of a plant can lower work-related stress. A study by Japanese scientists, published in the American Society for Horticultural Science found that plants can significantly reduce work-related anxiety or stress. While there are other studies on the same subject, these were conducted in a lab or quasi-office setting. This was the first such study in a real office setting.

The study was carried out on 63 office workers from an electric company based in Japan. The study was split in two phases, the control and the intervention phase. The control period was without plants. In the intervention period, the participants were provided with a small plant, which they had to care for. They were instructed to take a 3-minutes break whenever they felt under stress or fatigued. They would, therefore, gaze at the plant in this period when in the intervention phase.

Green basil plant in a small white pot

The researchers evaluated changes in the physiological and psychological stress among the participants by measuring it before and after a plant was placed on their desks. The researches found that stress lowered significantly during the intervention period. Additionally, more participants showed lowered stress in this period. The study indicated that intentionally gazing at plants on their desk or in their workspace can reduce the physiological and psychological stress among office workers.

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Paromita Datta covers the latest health and wellness trends for Organic Facts. An ex-journalist who specialized in health and entertainment news, Paromita was responsible for managing a health supplement for The New Indian Express, a leading national daily in India. She has completed her post-graduation in Business Administration from the University of Rajasthan and her diploma in journalism from YMCA, Delhi. She is currently pursuing an e-course, Introduction to Food and Health, from Stanford University, US.

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