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Scope has recently relocated to beautiful Bulimba. Feeling inspired and motivated to glam up our new space, we have been acquiring a bigger collection of indoor plants. The greenery is an effortless way to bring some life to a potentially dull office environment, and the plants also bring some health and wellness benefits too!

Research on the impact of plants and nature on health and wellbeing is vast. The majority focuses on psychological benefits, followed closely by physiological benefits. The effect of décor on human emotion is of particular interest to us as we would like our clients to be as comfortable as possible while also receiving the best care possible.

Stress Reduction

There is a lot of evidence which indicates that indoor plants reduce stress. A study by Dijkstra, Pieterse and Pruyn (2008) asked participants to imagine they were hospitalised, before showing them a photograph of the hospital room they were hypothetically staying in. Participants who were “admitted” to a room decorated with plants reported less perceived stress than participants in a room with no plants. It is suggested that this effect is due to the attractiveness of the room. This was backed up by Beaukeboom, Langeveld and Tanja-Dijkstra in 2012 who found that exposure to plants or even images of plants in hospital waiting rooms significantly lowers stress.

Concentration

It appears that greenery alsoimproves concentration and attention. When completing tasks in a room containing plants, participants more successfully completed a proofreading task compared to participants in a bare room (Raanaas et al., 2011). Another study by Nieuwebhuis et al. (2014) found that a green office space consistently produced a better working environment compared to a “lean” office space. That is, an office with plants had workers that were more productive, had better concentration and reported greater workplace satisfaction!

Why is this relevant?

These findings are important because we, at Scope, want you to feel as relaxed as possible when you come to visit us. We also want to optimise our own potential while at work to ensure you are receiving the best quality service. This research seems to suggest that our plants help us do that.

So if your study or workspace is beginning to feel bland and uninspiring, consider adding a faux or real indoor plant to the area to hopefully reap some of these positive effects!

For extra green space inspo, you can check out our clinic at 24 Oxford Street, Bulimba. Pop in or book an appointment here.

References

Beukeboom, C. J., Langeveld, D., & Tanja-Dijkstra, K. (2012). Stress-reducing effects of real and artificial nature in a hospital waiting room. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 18 (4), 329-333. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0488

Dijkstra, K., Pieterse, M. E. & Pruyn, A. (2008). Stress-reducing effects of indoor plants in the build healthcare environment: The mediating role of perceived attractiveness. Preventive Medicine 47, 279-283. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2008.01.013

Nieuwebhuis, M., Knight, C., Postmes, T., Haslam, S. A. (2014) The relative benefits of green vs lean office space: Three field experiments. Journal of Experimental Psychology 20 (3), 199-214. doi: 10.1037/xap0000024