Water is an essential part of our lives, not only in order for us to survive but for all the other qualities that it brings to our daily landscape too. It’s no coincidence that water features prominently in interior design and even in practices such as feng shui, for instance. Still not convinced? Here is a list of benefits that installing a water feature, whether internal or external, in your home, garden or office will bring you.
Mental health and wellbeing
Listening to the sound of running water has an effect on us physically and mentally. Studies have shown that, subconsciously, the sound of running water will cause our breathing to slow down, which in turn will cause our heart rate to slow down and our blood pressure to come down too.
If you have a water feature at home, taking time to sit by the flowing water after a busy day at work will help you to relax and reduce your stress levels. A water feature can also become the focal point of a calm space at the office, both for visitors and for staff to retreat to during breaks and lunchtime so they can get some time out before returning, fully refreshed, to their work stations.
Improve air quality
As water flows, it releases negative ions into the atmosphere. We then breathe in these invisible, odourless and tasteless minute molecules. Negative ions have stress relieving effects on us as human beings, and they can also help to enhance our mood. At the same time, they can also help to counterbalance the positive ions generated by office air conditioning and electrical appliances, which may have a slightly detrimental effect on our bodies.
Reduce noise pollution
There are many different types of water features to suit a great variety of locations and landscapes, from artificial rock waterfalls and flat concrete walls to waterfall spillways and globes with water gently bubbling up and over the surface. Each water feature generates “white noise”, which is a steady and unobtrusive sound. White noise, in turn, can mask some of the clatter and clamour of printers, people talking on the telephone, neighbours having a loud conversation next door and the roar of passing traffic.
Add value to the environment
Not only does a water feature enhance the kerb appeal of your property, but it is also aesthetically pleasing to the eye and provides a very restful atmosphere. An outdoor water feature will attract wildlife into your surroundings, creating a small natural ecosystem that will further enhance your mental health and wellbeing. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to keep going and forget about slowing down, but the truth is we all need to take regular breaks, learn to relax and take better care of ourselves. Having a water feature is one small way of improving your surroundings to do that.
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