A Small Plant on Your Desk Really Does Help With Stress

You’ve tried the apps. You’ve tried meditation. You’ve tried doing shots (er, wait… I mean….).

Sometimes work can be stressful! If you’re looking to a way to de-stress in the office, try getting a plant!

A new study found keeping a plant on your desk really can help! Researchers in Japan had around 60 people take small, 3-minute breaks at their desk whenever they felt stressed. First, none of them had plants. Then each person got one small plant to put next to their computer screen where they could see it. And once the plants were there, the short breaks helped even more!

Their heart rates were lower, and they scored better on anxiety tests.

Danielle Tufano

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