Why Flowers Are an Incredible Form of Self-Care | Viola Floral

Why Flowers Are an Incredible Form of Self-Care

People are always looking for ways to lower stress. Some find that taking a walk, a bath or lighting a candle improves their mood. However, the beauty of flower arranging is that not only does the presence of flowers improve your mood, but once your arrangement is complete, you have a work of art to show for it. This serves as a reminder of self-care every time you see the flowers in your home. 

The presence of flowers has numerous health benefits, including boosting your mood and lowering stress. The floral experts here at Viola Floral, a premier Santa Monica flower arranging and teaching studio, share some of the most amazing benefits of flowers:

Flowers Bring Joy

The presence of flowers triggers a release of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin in your brain. These chemicals are released not only when receiving flowers, but also when creating an arrangement, planning your design, and caring for your flowers. 

The beautiful colors of flowers can elicit joy and happiness. For example, warm colors such as yellow, orange and red promote feelings of optimism and happiness. Use bright, warm colors in rooms for entertaining like family rooms, dining rooms or kitchens. Cool colors such as blues, greens and purples are more connected to feelings of calm and relaxation. Cool colors work best in relaxing spaces like bedrooms or even bathrooms.

Choose flowers that fall into one of the color categories above and mindfully observe how the flowers make you feel. Tell the flowers “thank you!” for bringing joy into your home.

flowers for mental health and wellness

Flowers Reduce Stress

The relaxing effects of a bouquet are far-reaching. Studies find that self-reported stress levels were lower among those who had either given or received flowers. Looking at a beautiful bouquet and taking care of flowers can boost our mood and lower stress. 

Perhaps that someone in your life is experiencing a difficult time. Knowing that giving and receiving flowers reduces stress – you are giving two gifts, one to yourself and one to the recipient.

flowers reduce stress

Flowers Enhance Creativity

A creative burst can tackle problems and provide new perspective. Studies show that creativity peaks when flowers are present in the room. Being around flowers or outdoors with nature stimulates innovation and productivity. When your flower arrangement is complete, you will experience a feeling of accomplishment thanks to the dopamine release in your brain. Every time you see your flowers in your home you will feel a sense of pride for your creation.

flowers enhance creativity

See For Yourself

Don’t just take our word for it! Next time you’re at the grocery store or market, pick-up some flowers and enjoy designing and caring for them. Experience first-hand the abundant mental health and wellness benefits of flowers and consider one of our flower arranging workshops to experience the joyful benefits of flowers!