Are Plants the Cure for the Winter Blues?

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Cuffing season got you down? It’s well documented that the shorter and colder days of winter can wreak havoc on your mental health, leading to everything from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) to just feeling the winter blahs. While we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the spring sunshine to start loading us up with the ever magical Vitamin D, research consistently shows that including more flowers and plants in your daily life can have significant gains for your well being.

Psychologists Park and Mattson in 2008 found that flowers and potted plants in hospital rooms had some huge benefits for patients recovering from surgery: less postoperative pain medication, lower systolic blood pressure, and a generally more positive psychological state than patients in rooms without plants. Other research has shown that cognitive performance is better in offices with plants, while there is evidence that just seeing green leafy plants can lead to higher creativity levels.

With all of the plant and flower research pointing to the many benefits of including more botanicals in your life, it’s time to get yourself out into the green. Picking up flowers on your way to work, or purchasing a succulent garden to keep at the office will inject some plant medicine into your life. Wearing florals and getting yourself to your nearest leafy jungle-scape, such as D.C.'s Botanical Garden, can also work wonders. See below for inspiration styling a floral silk maxi this winter.

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All Photography by Tasha James + Bulldog Studios for Well Babe.