Improve work-life balance by having a plant at the office

Gardening columnist Chelsea van Rijn.
Gardening columnist Chelsea van Rijn. Contributed

I'M A little bit excited ... Oh OK I'm really, really excited. School starts this week.

Now I love my kids, but seven weeks of them non-stop has driven me slightly batty.

It's like they innately know what annoys the other one and use that to make sure they are constantly in battle.

They do sometimes work as a team but only if the common goal is to annoy me or use my bed as a jumping castle.

If any of you had time off while the kids were on holidays you'll be packing your bags this week too and getting back into work.

The last thing many of us want to do though is go back to work.

After weeks of enjoying the great outdoors - beaches, parks, camping, just enjoying the back yard. Who wants to spend hours inside five days a week?

One way to relive a little of your holidays is to bring a plant into work.

Did you know that recent studies have proven that office plants help relieve stress and reduce negative moods by up to 60%?

That's a pretty good reason alone to have office plants, but plants in the office can also help improve indoor air quality by removing harmful air pollutants that are emitted by the materials in furniture, fittings, computers and printers.

Cleaner air in the office can lead to better cardiovascular health and clearer thinking.

Many of us don't "do" office plants as we think it's too hard to keep them looking good and sometimes watering them can be a problem as we don't want to wet the surrounding areas.

There are many really hardy office plants that look good with minimal attention; the problem is no one wants these plants as they usually don't flower.

One way to make these plainer but hardier plants shine is to use beautiful pots. Forget the heavy glazed pots we usually use outside and invest in some quality decorator pots.

Trevallan Lifestyle Centre has a stylish range of decorator pots all the time but has just received a beautiful new range of European planters in all the colours of the rainbow.

There will surely be one that suits your corporate colours.

Planters are a little different from normal pots in that they don't have a hole in the bottom, where the water usually escapes from.

Planters help alleviate the water- running-everywhere problem as you can just sit your indoor plant in the planter and water as required as the water can't escape. It's like having a built-in very deep saucer.

This week improve your plant-life balance with trendy office plants and planters.

Topics:  chelsea van rijn gardening opinion

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