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Fresh Flowers Brighten Your Room and Your Day

"In joy and in sadness, flowers are our constant friends." — Unknown

Flowers grow wherever and whenever they are given the opportunity. They teach us, as the saying goes, to "bloom where you are planted." Flowers sit in the dirt, in silent beauty that shouts to our eyes and hearts. Simple blooms can charm your eyes and nose, and bring health benefits as well.

Fresh bouquets delivered regularly to your (or a loved one's) door carry fresh scents, colors, and love into your room. Potted plants, as well as freshly-delivered flowers, have many benefits for physical and emotional health. Think about it — plants don't need masks, and you can touch them all you want (even cacti)!

 

Most of us know the calming effect of a walk outdoors and even a peek out the window. Studies show that viewing any kind of natural scenery led to more relaxed body responses, and visual contact with flowers, green plants, and wooden materials, had positive effects on the nervous system. The beauty and rhythm of creation can be contagious!

Bringing some of that scenery indoors can actually help you feel more calm and relaxed overall. Social distancing and other restrictions may keep you indoors longer and foster more stress and anxiety, and having flowery companions during this time can help relieve some stress.

One of the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic has been an increase in depression symptoms. Seniors living with limitations, pain, and isolation, are particularly vulnerable to depression, and current conditions may only magnify feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, emptiness, and other signs of depression. Caring for flowers and other plants can give a feeling of purpose and hope when skies are gray. "Adopting" and nurturing someone's sickly plant can be a fun challenge that benefits both you and the plant.

Flower arranging could make a great new hobby that might take your mind off chronic pain, even for a while.

If every day and every season is starting to look the same, flowers can help mark the passage of time. Since flowers change with the seasons, getting a new bouquet delivered every month can be refreshing. The relatively short lifespan of flowers can remind you to live beautifully day-by-day.

Here are some advantages that live plants offer beyond the short life of delivered bouquets.

What we breathe out, plants breathe in. What plants breathe out, we breathe in. Plants "exhale" oxygen, which we need. We breathe out carbon dioxide, which plants love. They also add humidity to the air (without breathing out viruses!). Humidity can help alleviate or prevent dry skin, coughs, sore throats, etc.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities know the benefits of the color green, which is why so many have green walls and green uniforms. The color green has been associated with reduced levels of stress, which is an excellent reason to have one or more plants in your home. Adding some natural color with a flowering plant can do even more to help reduce stress and bring feelings of peace and happiness.

All in all, flowers and plants provide plenty of health and happiness benefits. They are easy to take care of, don't need walks or baths, and won't wake you or your neighbors up at night. Think of your next flower delivery not as a splurge, but as an investment in your overall well-being. These are trying times, but regular flower delivery or a permanent green houseguest might just make life a little better in the meantime. So, adopt a plant today!

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ created Sacred Heart Villa (formerly St. Michael Convent) in 2003 with the vision of providing a personal care home for the Sisters and other seniors of southeastern Pennsylvania. The Sisters renovated St. Michael in order to create 35 personal care residential rooms. Sacred Heart Villa officially opened her doors to her first new residents in May 2004, with space for 57 Sisters and 40 other senior residents.

The facility has two residential buildings, a remodeled dining room, a new fireside lounge, library, café, and beauty shop. The chapel remains in the middle of the facility for it truly is the Heart of the community. Each new residential room provides an individual with privacy, safety, and security in an environment of beauty and grace. Mass is celebrated each day and is open to the public.

Sacred Heart Villa is now accepting residents. If you are seeking care for yourself or loved one, contact Sacred Heart Villa today at 610-929-5751 for a tour. You can also visit us at sacredheartvillapa.org/.