Air quality, and why it is essential for creative flow!
Writers and authorpreneurs often spend hours in the same room writing and working on their business. When the air you breathe becomes stuffy you may suffer ‘brain fog’. Being in an enclosed room without fresh air can cause the carbon dioxide levels to increase, making you feel tired, lethargic and find it harder to concentrate. Open the windows if you can, and allow fresh air to circulate freely through your space.
You can also give an air purifier a try if you suffer from allergies – nothing hinders the flow of creativity than a headache and blocked sinuses and a runny nose! Make sure you use a purifier that suits the size of your space. A HEPA (high-efficienty particulate air) filter removes airborne allergens from the air as well as pollution.
Breathe fresh air into your writing!
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) conducted a study on ways to clean air in space stations, and the results have been used to help cleanse the air in our offices, homes and work spaces.
6 easy-care plants that remove toxins and purify the air in our homes, offices and work spaces.
1: Devils Ivy – removes benzene (emitted from candle smoke), formaldehyde, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) – Easy to look after and have beautiful white flowers. Removes benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. Reduces headaches, dizziness and fatigue.
3. Spider Plant – removes formaldehyde, xylene and particle matter from the air which can help reduce the risk of respiratory problems. Plus they give off shoots with adorable baby spider plants which can be easily replanted!
4. Philodendron – Easy care with dark, glossy leaves and remove formaldehyde from the air.
5. Rubber plants (Ficus) – Easy to care for and remove xylene (toxin that can affect the respiratory system, kidneys, eyes and skin), benzene (from candle smoke), formaldeyde and trichloroethylene.
6. Boston Fern, also known as sword ferns because of their long sword-like fronds – removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
I have listed 6 of my favourite indoor plants (because I can keep them alive!), but there are many others that are in the NASA study.
What are your favourite indoor plants? I’d love to hear what yours are – please leave me a comment here!
Love and light and creative flow,