Floristry at home: practise floral mindfulness to unwind
The need to switch off and unwind has never been greater Nuffield Health, a UK based healthcare charity, have conducted research and found that an overwhelming 80% of Brits feel that a prolonged period of working from home has negatively impacted their mental health. Similarly, Interflora conducted a joint piece of research with the SANE, a leading mental health charity; the findings showed that Brits are stressed and almost a quarter of those surveyed stated that they felt stressed more than once a day.
In the current climate we need to manage our wellbeing more than ever, in response to the increasing everyday strains resulting from the impact of a global pandemic. It’s important to take time out to focus on embracing tasks that help us to unwind, fuel our thirst for creativity and boost our emotional wellbeing.
“Those who regularly work from home have established routines and boundaries that help them compartmentalise their personal and professional lives. These things take time to get right and will be different for each individual, but without them, the continuous pressure of work can negatively impact our mental health, which in turn can impact not only our relationships but our physical health.” Gosia Bowling, Emotional Wellbeing Prevention and Enhancement Lead at Nuffield Health
How can floristry help? The relaxing effect of being at one with nature is well documented; following the Covid-19 lockdown, urban dwellers in particular are craving more time in natural surroundings, so fresh flower arranging poses an opportunity for us to invite and incorporate nature into our homes.
Certain blooms also have an uplifting and brightening effect and are therapeutic for our heart, mind and soul. Lavender is known for its calming effect and can help to reduce anxiety and stress. Eucalyptus stimulates the immune system, clarifies the mind and promotes relaxation. Honeysuckle helps to relieve headaches and mental strain, while Jasmine helps to improve cognitive functioning and Roses are considered to be a symbol of balance and are an expression of promise, new beginnings, and hope.
“Our response to colour is intensely emotional, and flowers can be a catalyst for feelings that stimulate more than just our senses of sight and smell.” Leatrice Eiseman, International Colour Expert
What is floral mindfulness? Its flower arranging at its best. Floral mindfulness is about savouring your time to enjoy gathering your favourite blooms and other natural materials to design, craft and create a beautiful arrangement. It’s a relaxing, contemplative practice and an act of personal expression.
The hands-on activity requires you to focus your attention on the present moment, bringing meditation into your everyday life, so that you work with what’s in front of you. It’s also an opportunity to select the flowers that you feel will invigorate your home and make it a beautiful space to relax in, whilst creating an arrangement that is unique to you and reflects your personal needs.
How does floristry support wellbeing? Repetitive creative tasks such as flower arranging can help to activate ‘flow’, as you’re completely absorbed in an activity. As a result of participating in the activity, your brain is flooded with the feel-good neurotransmitter called dopamine which in turn will increase your motivation and levels of happiness.
It’s also a great way to stave off any upcoming fall or winter blues by approaching the change of seasons in a mindful way, so there’s never been a better time to get creative and perhaps you could consider making an autumnal or even a festive arrangement too!