Are these linked? Well, yes.
Bamboo and bamboo products have been proved to be beneficial for mental health. Even taking a walk in a bamboo forest rejuvenates your mind. You still do not believe it? Scroll on!
Sleep deprivation is one of the main causes of mental health issues in most adults. In a 2019 survey of 500 people, 22% revealed that they have problems falling asleep every night, while 15% accepted that they experience sleep issues once every week. Insomnia is a major cause of mental health issues like anxiety, stress and even depression. While you may be wondering that we will ask you to sleep on bamboo beds, well, just changing the sheets will be enough for now.
According to scientists and sustainability researchers, replacing regular cotton bed sheets with those made from bamboo can induce better sleep. These also help reduce the difficulties one face while trying to sleep and improve sleep quality.
No, this is not any magic; just pure science. In summer, an increase in environmental temperature causes our body temperature to rise as well, thus creating difficulties in sleep. Fabric made from bamboo is cooler, more breathable and lighter. They help in temperature regulation and lower the heat of your sleeping environment to enable seamless night’s sleep.
But this is not the only reason for linking bamboo with mental health. There are more, as we will discuss in this post.
Visual stimulation brought about by bamboo plants
Ornamental bamboo is often used in interior decorations and exterior landscapes. According to researches, viewing them has a relaxing effect on the mind. It has been revealed through scientific experiments that viewing bamboo plants regularly even decreases the level of anxiety that one feels. No wonder psychologists recommend people with anxiety and hypertension to keep indoor bamboo plants at home! They have a tremendous psychophysiological impact on us, thus helping us cope with mental health issues better.
Bamboo products and their soothing effect
If you have wood products at home, you will realise it better. Bamboo is not an exception to the rule. Day-to-day items made from Bamboo are seen to have a soothing effect on the mind and body. Besides, bamboo products, like bamboo toothbrush, toilet paper and similar items are also quite skin-friendly. The bamboo toothbrushes are also eco-friendly, 100% organic, and biodegradable. Bamboo benches are also sturdy enough to function as garden seating arrangements for years. These are low-maintenance, affordable furniture that also looks classy and elegant. Doesn’t the thought of it soothe your mind? Well, there is nothing like Mother Nature’s magic, which is relaxing and healing at the same time.
Bamboo plants as gifts
Gifting bamboo plants is said to bring good fortune and prosperity to the receiver. Such positive ideas help uplift moods and keep stress at bay. However, one should note that the receiver should keep the plant alive for at least a year. Otherwise, good luck may change its course (kidding). Of course, no one would want to let such a special thing die. Gifting bamboo plants is a popular trend in the holiday season, especially in the social circles where such gifts are both adored and cherished. These plants are also called lucky bamboos, as they are said to bring good luck.
Eating bamboo shoots
Doctors suggest people with hypertension to eat bamboo shoots. Oh no! It does not bring down anxiety but contains potassium, which is said to normalise blood pressure. And even the most non-medical person knows that hypertension is caused by high blood pressure. This apart, bamboo shoots also contain phytochemicals that can help our body fight both harmful bacteria and virus. No, you do not have to eat the shoots like a Panda. You may include them in your soups and breakfast cereals. Mix ingredients like coriander, lemongrass, chillies, and ginger to enhance the taste.
Bamboo mobile phone cases
Now, you are thinking that we tend to link every single thing to mental health by hook or by crook. Well, you are partially right. Actually, we are overwhelmed by the immense health benefits of bamboo, mental or physical. Cutting the long story short, you can buy sturdy mobile phone cases made of natural wood from bamboo that protect your expensive gadgets forever. If you drop your phone (God forbid), and it gets damaged somehow, your heart will break into a million pieces. You may even slip into depression for a long time if the handset is an iPhone.
So, don’t you think that a sturdy mobile phone case, like that of bamboo, indeed preserves your sanity? Let us know your thoughts on the same.