After a year of chaos, both at work and at home, an aquarium can be the solution to find peace in your day. Founder and CEO Kurt Harrington of Something Fishy shares some tips on the health benefits of adding marine life to your home life.
HOW ARE AQUARIUMS BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Aquariums are not just for aesthetics. They can be found in many doctor’s offices as a sedative to keep patients’ stress levels low. Medically, they can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. In studies conducted by Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, there was a 12 percent reduction in anxiety for those exposed to aquariums. “Healing environments such as hospitals, rehab centers, or other medical treatment areas (including homes!) can increase their patients’ rest and healing by including an aquarium as part of the healing plan,” says Harrington. “While it may seem like this shot is for decoration, aquarium exhibits are part of the philosophy of patient-centered care, creating healing environments and improving patient outcomes.”
WOULD AN AQUARIUM BE SUITABLE FOR A HOMEWORK SETTING?
For those who are still working from home, it can be difficult to balance the overload of work and personal life. Having an aquarium in your workspace can lead to increased productivity and creativity. According to a study by The World Health Design, offices with live fish aquariums create more positive moods than any other natural or man-made natural environment. “Happier, healthier, and ultimately more productive employees are the result of creating the right environment,” says Harrington.
WHAT IS THE BEST PLACE FOR A HOME AQUARIUM?
Aquariums placed in the study, fitness and meditation areas or primary suite will set the scene for relaxation, reduce stress and provide a healthy environment to support any healing condition. The combination of lighting, exercise and fish behavior all support stress reduction and healing.
THERE ARE CERTAIN FISH THAT ARE PROVIDED MORE REST THAN OTHERS?
When using an aquarium to support serenity, it is important to have fish species that are graceful swimmers, colorful, peaceful in their community, and gentle grazers. A saltwater reef aquarium offers the perfect combination of all of these.
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