“Spring is nature’s way of saying, let’s party!” – Robin Williams
I don’t know about you but the warmer weather and sunshine definitely puts a spring in my step! While Cape Town has yet to find its springness and temperatures are still frigid, the mornings are getting lighter and evenings longer. I love that you can hear the birds in the mornings now too – a sure sign that spring is on its way! But this time of year, also brings with it the added stress of knowing the end of the year is just around the corner. I always feel like when we hit September, we’re on the very slippery slope to Christmas (how frightening is that?!) We all live such fast-paced, high-tech lives, constantly plugged in and connected that we often forget to take time out and unwind. By the last quarter of the year, everyone is feeling frazzled, racing to meet year-end targets and in need of more than a little some down.
But how often do we actually get to stop and smell the roses? Literally? Even when we think we are unplugging, more often than not, we still scrolling through social media, the news or pinning the latest pin. While it is cliché to say, there’s actually a fair amount of truth that goes with stopping to smell the roses. Flowers have been proven to trigger happy emotions, increase feelings of life satisfaction and have a positive effect on social behaviour. If you caught my last post, you’ll know about the positive impact flowers have on productivity and creativity but did you know that they can boost your mood and there’s scientific proof that they are actually good for you? Who knew such simple, prettiness could pack such a punch!
Flowers not only make us happy but they have a strong positive effect on our mental well-being. With their bright, colourful petals and beautiful variety, flowers are a feast for the eyes, stimulating the senses and invigorating those who witness their natural beauty. The colours play an important role too with our response to colour being an intensely emotional one, stimulating more than just our sense of sight and smell. While traditionally colours represent specific occasions, when it comes to emotional health, colours take on different meanings. Red roses traditionally symbolise love and passion but they also have a positive impact on the immune system, so these are a good option to send to someone recovering from surgery or illness. It’s also an energizing colour so a good option if you are feeling exhausted and in need of a pick me up. It should come as no surprise that yellow is the happiest colour and one that invokes feelings of happiness and radiance, symbolizing the sun and warmth but it also stimulates memory and the nervous system. Purple is uplifting and inspires creativity. It also has a calming effect on the mind and nerves. Did you know it’s also the colour that symbolizes Alzheimer’s Awareness?
I don’t know about you but smell is the one sense that often evokes the strongest of memories. Just the slightest hint of a fragrance can transport me back to a moment in time and make me feel all kinds of nostalgic! Freshly baked blueberry muffins take me back to baking in my Granny’s kitchen and the smell of First perfume transports me to rummaging through my mom’s cupboard as a little girl again. It should come as no surprise then that the sweet fragrance of flowers stimulates the emotions too and often promote a sense of calm and tranquillity. Lavender (often used in aromatherapy and one of my favourite fragrances) promotes a sense of calm and happiness, while lilies can encourage deep sleep and improved well-being. Jasmine is probably one of the most instantly recognizable fragrances and its intoxicating aroma is one that is uplifting and reduces anxiety.
It’s not only fresh flowers around the home that have such positive benefits on our well-being but there are also benefits to planting flowers in your garden. While I’ve never been an avid gardener and was definitely not blessed with green fingers, my Granny had the most beautiful roses in her garden and spent hours showering her pretty plants with love and care. Not only did she sport beautifully sun-kissed skin, she always had a calm, tranquil demeanour about her. So aside physical benefits of gardening and the regular dose of fresh air, gardening helps to lower stress levels, reduces anxiety and improves your mental health by helping to clear your mind.
Flowers are nature’s best kept secret when it comes to lifting your mood and improving your health and happiness – and that’s just surrounding yourself with them. I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t love a surprise delivery, knowing someone was thinking of you. You can speak volumes with a simple bouquet and now you know the benefits flowers can bring, you’ll be putting more than just a smile on their face. Located in Cavendish Close in Cape Town, Fabulous Flowers have the most magnificent bouquets of the finest fresh flowers to choose from, all made with love. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or surprising a loved one, you can be sure that your message will not only be brightening their day but lifting their spirits.
This post was written in collaboration with Fabulous Flowers Florist.