Stress Relief-Flowers and Stress Relief

 I do love flowers.  I used to spend a lot of time at Garden Centers and Parks taking photos of flowers.  I found it very relaxing to immerse myself in the environment of the flower gardens.  I think I found peace among the beautiful plants, and in that, some of the stress in my life was relieved. 

I found this quote on Stress To Strength that says- 

“A major study at Harvard University indicates that flowers are a natural stress reliever.”

Here is another statement about flowers and stress relief that I found on Ellison Chair

Having flowers around the home and office greatly improves people’s moods and reduces the likelihood of stress-related depression. Flowers and ornamental plants increase levels of positive energy and help people feel secure and relaxed.

How can we incorporate flowers into our lives?  

Visit Local Gardens:

One place I loved to take flower photos was Duke Gardens in Durham, NC.  Sadly they remain closed due to Covid, at least through the winter.  They will re-evaluate opening in the Spring, so fingers crossed for the lovely spring flower season. Hopefully, by spring, they will re-open.  I did search gardens in NC and found several gardens that are still open to the public.  Hopefully, you can find a park with flowers in your area to enjoy the healing power of flowers and plants.

Garden Centers:

I have enjoy taking photos in local garden centers.  Most garden centers remain open, and I find it therapeutic to walk among the rows of plants and flowers. 

Purchase Flowers For Your Home:

I was a member of a flower subscription service several years ago.  You sign up for the service, pay the price, and lovely flowers arrive at your home.  I had so much fun arranging the flowers and enjoying their beauty and scents.  There are several services out there, but they are pricey, but I think it is worth it if you have the money. Here is an article I found on The Spruce titled The Best Flower Subscriptions

You also have the option of buying your flowers from local florists or grocery stores.  My daughter gets her flowers from Trader Joe’s, and she tells me she gets the best deals on flowers there. 
If you are feeling stressed today, go out and buy some flowers.  They will brighten your day!