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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Are you stressed out at work? Susie Bachman of Bachman's joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to come to our rescue. She says just adding a few plants can make a world of difference.

Here are her tips-

The benefits of plants and flowers in your home and work place

Office plants

1. Plants offer "micro-restoration" – the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.

2. Our brains expend a lot of energy on tasks that require direct attention. This mental fatigue can only be restored when we give our direct attention a break. Plants offer just this type of absorbing, restorative distraction. Being around plants increases memory retention and concentration. Studies show improved employee morale, decreased absenteeism, and increased worker efficiency due to plant material in office space. Employees are more satisfied at work and had more patience, less frustration, increased enthusiasm for work and fewer health problems. Not having indoor plants were associated with higher levels of tension and anxiety in office workers.

Flowers and plants in the home

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. Natural aesthetic beauty is soothing to people, and keeping flowers around the home environment is an excellent way to lower levels of stress and anxiety

Other benefits

- Accelerates the healing process

- Improves relationships and compassion

- People who spend more time around plants are much more likely to try and help others, and often have more advanced social relationships.

- Children who spend time around plants learn better

1. The act of nurturing something is a way for people to work through the issues surrounding traumatic events and improves their mental health.

Plant choices-

Green plants for low light office conditions and water when dry to the touch

1. Sansevieria

2. ZZ plant

3. Pothos

Green plants for medium light conditions

1. Dracaena

a. Water when dry to the touch

2. Aglaonema

a. Water when dry to the touch

Excellent blooming plants for offices and homes

1. Kalanchoe

2. Cyclamen

All take a bright indirect light, will flower for three weeks or more, and water when dry to the touch

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