Wellbeing, mindfulness, mental health check…all phrases and sayings we hear and see so much about these days in the media, news and everyday life. So what does it all mean?
As someone who was diagnosed with severe depression a few years ago, believe me when I say I looked at all of these things and more to try and ‘fix’ my mind in a way that did not require medication and intervention. That magic cure. It’s not there, trust me.
To me, mindfulness actually means a focus, something that ignites the senses. For some it may be painting, running, jigsaws….for me, it was and still is flowers. Learning floristry was my mindfulness – a focus – sight, smell, touch, taste, sound, the sound of peace that drowned out the noise that was in my mind. And so, Flowers by Catherine came about. This blog isn’t about me or in any way a prescription, it is about flowers and the way they evoke emotion and the senses which in turn support ‘wellbeing’ at its most basic level.
How do you feel when someone gives you flowers? Do you look at them, smell them, study them? When you send them, are you sending a message of happiness, condolence, love?
As a florist, it is my job to translate those messages into flowers.
The benefits of Flowers & Plants
Flowers can ignite creativity, inspiration, new ideas & the clarity to problem solve. These are all proven, positive effects of plants & flowers in the home & workplace, generated by a boost in mood and general happiness. The scent of lavender & jasmine reduces heart rate & blood pressure which can help you to relax, the more relaxed you are the more likely you are to have restful sleep. Rosemary is shown to improve memory recall. Does the smell of some flowers trigger memories for you? Maybe of a loved one, your wedding, a surprise bouquet?
Grow Your Own
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been at home, spending time in the garden, growing, planting, watching things grow. It is now easier than ever to grow your own plants, flowers & vegetables, no matter how small a garden you have. How satisfying is it to plant a seed, watch it grow and flower in all its glory?
The Language of Flowers
We all know that red roses are the language of love but did you know that many wedding anniversary years have a flower associated with them? If I am doing anniversary flowers I always ask how many years it is and check to see if there is a flower associated with that year or a particular flower from a wedding bouquet that will spark memories of that special day.
Looking for something special for your upcoming wedding? Learn more about the language of flowers and how to pick a wedding bouquet filled with meaning.
Learning a new skill and taking ‘mindful’ time out for yourself improves both mental & physical wellbeing. At the moment lots of people are sharing tips, workshops and content to develop our skills in all sorts of areas.
Once we are out of lockdown and it is safe to do so, I will be running flower workshops again that can take place in your home or workplace.
In the meantime, stay safe, alert and well.