Today, statistics show higher stress and depression rates for city dwellers. We work harder but aren't necessarily smarter or more alert.

Advancements in technology put greater demands on our performance and increase our stress levels; however a lack of greenery in our spaces may be the real cause...

How often do we surround ourselves and our staff with nature?

People naturally perform better, are more focused, and feel calmer in plant-filled spaces.

Studies have shown depressed individuals found that walks in nature boosted working memory much more than walks in urban environments.

Australia’s current trend for biophilic workplace design and incorporation of greenery is a great one – but it is important to consider the reasons behind this new design framework. Apart from the fact greenery looks amazing, it also improves our emotional responses, making people feel more in control and as a result those who are associated with greenery have higher success rates than those who aren’t.

A cognitive psychologist at the University of Utah, David Strayer, who specialises in attention, says “At the end of the day, we come out in nature not because the science says it does something to us, but because of how it makes us feel”

There are many ways to incorporate greenery into a space, without having to physically go outside:

  • Live Plant Walls are becoming a perfect solution in Australia for this very reason; just take note of the Plant Wall system being used. At SMI National, we provide a proven plant wall system that guarantees longevity of the plants.
  • Moss Art is also another creative greenery alternative, and is ideal for internal spaces. Investment in greenery is a powerful reflection on a company’s culture and interest in well-being of their staff.

If you are looking at ways to feel healthier, be surrounded by fresher air, and attack your day with a clearer approach; consider integrating greenery into your space, or propose this option to your organisation.

We can assist you with adding greenery systems – reach out here for further details and guidance on best practice in Plant Wall & Moss Art application.


Blog Post Photo Credit: Live Plant Wall in UK using the Proven European Plant Wall System

Sources: Psychological Science, 2008Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013, National Geographic