Wellbeing, mindfulness, mental health awareness…….all phrases and sayings we hear and see so much about 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, sound, the sound of peace that drowned out the noise that was in my mind. This is actually how Flowers by Catherine came about. But 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.
Benefits of Flowers & Plants – The Science
Flowers ignite creativity, inspiration, new ideas & the clarity to problem solve. All of these are scientifically proven, positive effects of plants and flowers in the home and 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? Have you been on a floral workshop? How did you feel before, during and afterwards?
Grow Your Own
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us spent time in the garden, growing, planting, watching things grow. Or walking and spending time in and around nature. 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 it’s glory?
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.
Learning a new skill and taking ‘mindful’ time out for yourself improves both mental & physical wellbeing. So many creatives share tips and techniques online and social media, on TV and in magazines. It’s never been easier to access learning, whatever the subject.
This past few years has been a challenge in so many ways, right across the world. Now more than ever it has become a necessity to look after ourselves and each other and I hope that encouraging more creativity and positivity, with or without medication, will bring more positivity and balance to ourselves and others.