Researchers have found that small plants situated within easy viewing at your workplace linked to various stress-reducing benefits. For the study, published in the journal HortTechnology, the research team explored the practical use of indoor plants to boost mental health among employees typically removed from exposure to healthy green environments.
For the findings, the research team investigated changes in psychological and physiological stress before and after placing a plant on the workers' desks. Sixty-three office workers in japan were the participants of this study. The participants were directed to take a 3-minute rest while sitting at their desks when they felt fatigue.
There were two phases of the study: a control period without plants and an intervention period when the participants were able to see and care for a small plant and the researchers measured psychological stress in the participants using the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.