- Yessica Avila
Christmas trees may improve your health
Everyone loves having their Real Christmas tree this holiday season, but if you don't like it, here are some reasons why you should consider getting one, as it can improve your health! The scent of pine and sticky sap wafts through the house. A Douglas fir stands tall in the living room, adorned with shiny ornaments and shimmering lights. There's almost nothing like having a fresh-cut evergreen tree with holiday decorations.
Artificial trees have grown in popularity due to their convenience and longevity, but they don't offer the same mental health benefits as spending time around real trees. Some studies report that exposing yourself to a natural environment is known to reduce psychological stress, according to a 2018 study published in Behavioral Sciences.
"I would expect that bringing a bit of the great outdoors indoors would affect us positively," said psychologist Sonja Peterson-Lewis, an associate professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Having a real Christmas tree has a plethora of mental health benefits, including reducing anxiety and depression, said Charlie Hall, professor and Ellison Chair in the department of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station.
If you go and pick out your tree at a Christmas tree farm with loved ones, then the mental health benefits are even more remarkable. Selecting a tree with others promotes bonding and exposes you to the outdoors, boosting your psychological health.
So, if you have not gotten a Christmas tree yet and are having a hard time finding an artificial tree, go and get yourself a real Christmas tree to have a healthy environment for yourself and your loved ones!