Don't Let Loneliness Break Your Heart

Spring 2006 CSANews Issue 58  |  Posted date : May 27, 2007.Back to list

Recent studies have shown that people who are lonely have higher blood pressure than those who are not lonely. Unwanted isolation is just as dangerous to heart health as being overweight or inactive. Often, it is the stress and frustration of being alone that causes the elevation in blood pressure. One strategy for preventing isolation is to become more involved in community events. Volunteering is a great way of socializing with others, while feeling good about yourself and your contribution towards a particular cause. Plants: special friends, indeed Not only do they look pretty, they actually take care of us, both mentally and physically. Scientific studies have shown that plants are indeed beneficial to our well-being. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Agriculture in Norway revealed that employees surrounded by plants in their office experienced a 25% drop in fatigue, coughing, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses. Many health-care facilities are implementing plant therapy in order to reduce stress, thereby promoting healing. This type of therapy can be accomplished by something as simple as placing a few plants in a waiting room. Plants have some incredible therapeutic capabilities, some of which include:
  • Removing harmful chemicals from the air, such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide
  • Absorbing noise and lessening dust
  • Lowering blood pressure, helping concentration and improving memory
  • Promoting feelings of relaxation and well-being
Rooms with plants contain fewer airborne molds and bacteria. According to the book, Design for a Livable Planet: How You Can Help Clean up the Planet by Jon Naar, 15 to 20 plants are sufficient to clean the air in a 1,500-square-foot area. Now is a better time than ever to welcome some lovely plants into your home. Do it for your health!