As florists, we witness how flowers relieve stress in our daily work, and now a new university study has proven it. Learn how living with flowers can reduce your holiday stress!
Everyday life is filled with challenges that can have an impact on our well-being. Now, as the holiday season kicks into high gear, so too do our emotions. While this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year filled with high spirits, many people also report heightened stress levels.
It’s always important to maintain a regimen of all the things we know are important to our good health such as, eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep–which can be especially challenging during the holidays.
As it turns out, flowers are a proven simple way to bring some additional peace and joy to this time of hustle and bustle.
New research conducted by the University of North Florida verifies what we’ve known all along about how the power of flowers relieve stress. The study, The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women, found adding flowers to indoor environments results in a meaningful reduction in stress.
Building on prior behavioral research done at Harvard, Rutgers and Texas A&M which found flowers make people happy, inspire creativity, heighten feelings of compassion and even improve energy, this new University of North Florida study is the first study to provide empirical evidence showing that flowers relieve stress.
In fact, the average reduction in stress among women who received and lived with flowers was -5.5 points on the Perceived Stress Questionnaire, a strong statistical significance in a decrease in stress, and a powerful conclusion.
Impact of Stress
According to lead researcher for the study, Erin Largo-Wright, Ph.D., program director at the University of North Florida’s Department of Public Health, “Stress is a leading public health indicator today. It’s extremely prevalent and considered a major factor in physical as well as mental health…”
It’s no wonder a subsequent survey by Wakefield Research found 68 percent of people say they feel stress on a weekly basis and 32 percent admit they feel stress every day. While stress is not exclusive to women, the research showed stress is particularly felt by women, with 1 in 4 experiencing stress multiple times a day. Research also shows stress is disproportionately felt by women during the holidays, with 44 percent of women reporting an increase of stress versus 31 percent of men.
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Life is busy, we all work hard, have our own unique set of responsibilities and the list of things to accomplish seems never-ending. Now more than ever, and maybe most importantly during the holidays, we need to practice better care for ourselves and for others.