As passionate flower-people, we understand the impact a beautiful bunch of flowers can have on someone's day. Spreading a little joy and happiness with our flower deliveries is something we really care about at Zing - but why is it that flowers are such incredible mood-boosters?

Self-Care Week has got us thinking about the impact flowers - and nature in general – can have on our mental wellbeing. So, here’s five ways flowers can be beneficial to helping with mental health.

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."

Georgia O'Keeffe

1. Flowers can help with sleep

Flowers are known for their wonderful scents – there’s nothing quite like the fragrance of a fresh bouquet! Many of these scents also have a calming effect on the body.

Lavender in particular has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure which in turn, will help you relax. That’s why if you look at any natural sleep aids, you’ll see that they use lavender.

2. Colours can change your mood

"Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower."

John Harrigan

Colourful flowers are a lovely way to brighten up any room, but the colours also impact our moods. Bright coloured flowers such as orange and yellow connotate energy, joy and happiness whilst blue brings a sense of calm. Red can mean love, anger or danger, whilst green is often associated with safety.

Additionally, we each have our own personal relationships with colours that can bring to mind a happy memory or connotation.

3. Caring for flowers gives meaning

Having something to care for seems to add value to a person’s life, whether it be a person, a pet or even a plant. When you have something that relies on you to survive and you’re able to succeed it gives you a self-esteem boost and allows you to take responsibility in something – giving your life meaning.

4. They’re easy on the eyes

Flowers might be beautiful to look at but it’s said that your productivity increases, plus you’re able to focus more because of the visual stimulation you are getting. The presence of flowers can also help you think more creatively, reduce stress and engage your mind – realising serotonin.

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."

John Keats

5. Being in nature is good for you

Why wait for someone to present you with flowers, when you could grow your own? We know that flowers can make you feel great and there’s also evidence that gardening can be good for your mental health.

A 2015 study found that 88% of people cited mental wellbeing as a reason for heading out into the garden. All that digging, planting and pruning provides fresh air and a sense of achievement.

Source: https://gentwenty.com/ways-flowers-improve-your-wellbeing/

By Zing Flowers