Boosting the greenery with the right houseplants in your living and working spaces can help lift your mood and make this Blue Monday, according to Root Liverpool.
Houseplants can counteract what is known as the most depressing day of the year due to their aesthetics, but also because they do the opposite of what we do when we breathe – they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This freshens up the air, as well as eliminating harmful toxins – providing a pure and healthy environment all year round.
Liverpool-based houseplant specialists, Root, stocks mood-boosting indoor plants, which provide the following benefits:
- Reduces anxiety
- Lowers stress levels
- Improves concentration and productivity
- Aids sleep
- Regulates humidity
Founded in 2017, Root is an online ethical houseplant retailer with a retail outlet in Liverpool city centre. Root Liverpool sells over 140 varieties of plants from around the world UK-wide.
A classic houseplant, The Peace Lily (£10) makes for an impressive air-purifier. This helps cleanse the air we breathe by giving us more oxygenated air. It also soaks up damp.
The perfect plant for beginners, as well as filtering out harmful toxins, The Peace Lily will brighten up your home. Look out too for when the majestic white leaves bloom in Spring.
Snake Plants like Sansevieria Moonshine (£9) and Sansevieria Zeylanica aka Mother-in-Laws Tongue (£21) are renowned for purifying the air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and delivering oxygen. Unlike most plants that give out carbon dioxide through the night, Snake Plants continue to produce oxygen. This makes them ideal plants for the bedroom. They are perfect for those January days when the windows stay tightly shut.
A real crowd-pleaser and the perfect desk plant for anyone looking to get all the benefits with minimal effort. Cacti love a bright sunny spot, so ideal if your desk is near a window. The Cereus Peruvianus ‘Florida’ (£7) is a low investment for the amount of pleasure you’ll reap in return.
This little guy will make you feel like you’re on holiday all year round. The Brighamia Insignis ‘The Hawaiian Palm’ (£15) is an easy-to-grow plant from the Campanulaceae family. It stores water in its trunk, so it doesn’t need too much watering.
Lisa Needham, founder, Root explains: “Houseplants bring colour and life to living and working spaces, as well as having other significant benefits such as improving health and mood and reducing stress levels. Perfect for a day like Blue Monday!
“Indoor plants are especially great in the winter months when windows and doors are opened less. There is little air exchange from the outside in and people are cooped up indoors much longer than usual.”
Blue Monday is the name given to the day in January that is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. It takes into account variables such as time since Christmas, debt levels, sleeping, stress and weather conditions.