1. Why you need to turn your home office space into a sanctuary

    The new normal means that many people now work at least part of their week from home and they will probably continue to do so for the forseeable future. The pandemic saw a huge number of people working remotely. If you are one of them, you might benefit from updating your home office. In this guest post, Nick Acaster from Rugs Direct shares his design tips for transforming your work area into a calm and inspiring space.

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  2. Help support your mental wellbeing during a lockdown winter

    Struggling during a lockdown winter? Perhaps you always find the darkest months of the year hard to bear. If so, you're not alone, and the year 2021 could feel just about as bad as it could get for those who suffer from mental health problems and loneliness. 

    In this guest post for Perfectplants.co.uk, Sarah Hastings from RW4Y shares her tips for creating a more positive environment at home that can benefit your mental wellbeing.

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  3. How to survive the new year, whatever the circumstances. Rescue remedy for broken souls

    The new year of 2021 represented the start of a period of time that nobody could have imagined before the onset of the coronavirus, Covid-19 . The topics of lockdown, pandemic, virus, general health and mental health appearing at the head of the news agenda every single day. New phrases and instructions became part of everyday parlance: social distancing, shielding, stay at home, work from home, don't mix with friends open your windows... 

    We all began to realise the importance of nature. Plants, gardens, fresh air, the natural world. In terms of self-help and improving the indoor environment, the following are the biggest success stories of the 'pandemic era':

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  4. Wise words from Sir David Attenborough. Why should we care about biodiversity?

    If you haven’t yet watched ‘A Life on Our Planet’ a nature and ecology documentary starring Sir David Attenborough, you need to schedule a living-room sitting as soon as possible. The broadcaster recounts the most memorable aspects of his life and reveals the shocking changes that have taken place over the 94 years since he has lived on the planet Earth. But why should any of us care, and what's it got to do with gardens?

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  5. How plants can help you to sleep better naturally

    Feeling tired? Maybe a little down or depressed? Perhaps the day's tasks seem too arduous to tackle.

    It could be down to the type of sleep that you had last night. It can make a huge difference to how you function during the day. It is an ambition of a high proportion of the population to achieve quality sleep. But how do we do it?

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  6. How to survive summer, especially if you're a hayfever sufferer. Make a garden work for you.

    Everyone loves summer, don't they? It's a season giving long, warm days with sunshine and plenty of opportunities for sitting and dining outdoors. But what if summer is a time of sneezing, itching and torment? You might spend your leisure hours seeking respite from relentless sunshine because you crave to be cool. Your plants could be wilting and perhaps your colour seems to be fading away to burnt umber.

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  7. Can plants help in the fight against coronavirus? Air purifying houseplants to aid good heath

    The subject of health is a hot topic.particularly during pandemics such as coronavirus which has spread to every continent except for Antarctica. It's understandable that concern levels are extremely high during worrying times.Businesses, in particular, are on high alert during epidemics. Those problems make the world feel like a small place. It seems that viruses have no regard for country boundaries. So, given that the bugs are around, is there anything else that we can all do to help safeguard our households?

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  8. Which plants are safe around children and pets?

    The fact that plants are good for us is fully acknowledged and embraced by most. But some plants are better than others. Some plants are harmful, and it's essential to know which are poisonous for children, adults and pets. It's important to be wise without being paranoid, because the benefits of plants certainly outweigh the dangers.

    We now know that humans have an innate tendency to make connections with nature and this is beneficial to health and wellbeing. It’s known as the  biophilia hypothesis and it makes perfect sense.

    But will any old plant do the job? 

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  9. Does good luck exist or is it all about attitude? Here's some house plants to help!

    Lucky or not?

    Is there such thing as being lucky? Does bad luck come in threes? If you break a mirror, do you expect seven years of negative happenings? What about that black cat that crossed your path yesterday? Do you walk around ladders rather than under them, avoid the number 13, take care to hang a horseshoe so that the luck doesn’t run out of the opening and expect a portion of doom if you knock over the salt pot?

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  10. Falling in love... with plants. Why do we like them more than we used to?

    We've lost touch with nature. It impacts in quite serious ways. As more and more people live in towns and cities, our souls are crying out to connect with the things they need. How can we help ourselves?

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