Green Intervention

Have you ever considered a green intervention? Do you feel pleasure staring at a gorgeous potted plant?  Or look forward to coming home to your plants at the end of the day? There is a reason for this. Being around plants is actually good for us. Some studies even show that just by looking at greenery, we can reduce our anxiety and feel calmer. Beyond the mental health benefits of plants, indoor houseplants can also improve air quality and brighten up any room. Perhaps you already take advantage of these many benefits, or maybe you are discovering the mental health benefits of plants for the first time.⁠ In any case, the act of caring for plant life is therapeutic and can improve our mental health.

Research has shown children with ADHD who spend 20 minutes or more in a green setting (such as parks and gardens), rather than concrete surrounds, show fewer symptoms. This provides relief for the child and their care givers. Exposure to trees and nature can reduce mental fatigue and aid concentration. We call this a green intervention.

Gardens, gardening, interaction with plants and green space provides therapeutic and physical benefits for both our physical and mental health.  Active gardeners and lovers of the outdoors understand these benefits. Now health researchers worldwide are encouraging GPs to prescribe gardening.

As part of Garden Releaf, we encourage you to take part in a green intervention for yourself or a loved one. Walk through or play in a garden and replace technology and a concrete jungle with healthy outdoor activity surrounded by living greenery.