How to Destress Your Nest with an In-Home Aquarium

Can fish be calming? Kurt Harrington of Something Fishy gives us the scoop.

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After a year of chaos, both at work and home, an aquarium may be the solution to finding 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.

Hd16ec161fisHOW ARE AQUARIUMS BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

Aquariums aren’t just for aesthetics. They can be found in many doctors’ offices as a calming feature to keep patients’ stress levels low. Medically, they can reduce blood pressure and calm 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, rehabilitation centers, or any other medical treatment areas (including homes!) can increase the tranquility and healing of their patients by including an aquarium exhibit as part of the healing plan,” Harrington says. “While it may seem this inclusion is for decoration, aquarium exhibits are part of the philosophy of patient-centered care, creating healing environments and improved patient outcomes.”

WOULD AN AQUARIUM BE SUITABLE FOR A WORK FROM HOME SETTING?

For those who are still working from home, it may be difficult to find a balance between work overload and home life. Having an aquarium in your workspace can lead to increased productivity and creativity. Offices that have aquariums with living fish produce higher positive moods than any other natural or artificial natural environment, according to a study by The World Health Design. “Workforces that are happier, healthier and ultimately more productive are the result of building the right environment,” Harrington says.

WHAT’S THE BEST PLACE FOR A HOME AQUARIUM?

Aquariums placed in the study, fitness and meditation areas or primary suite will set the tone for relaxation, reduce stress and provide a healthy environment to support any healing ailment. The combination of the lighting, movement and fish behaviors all support stress reduction and healing.

ARE THERE CERTAIN FISH THAT PROVIDE MORE TRANQUILITY THAN OTHERS?

When using an aquarium to support tranquility, having fish species that are graceful swimmers, colorful, peaceful in their community and gentle grazers is important. A saltwater Reef Aquarium provides the perfect combination of all of this.

Something Fishy, 175 Metro Center Blvd., Warwick, 877-347-4825, somethingfishyinc.com