As modern accessories go, houseplants are not only beloved because of the way they can spruce up a room but also for the way they benefit our mental health. They can brighten our spaces, freshen the air, and provide a mirror into how we’re doing on the inside. In fact, they’re a great reminder of when, and how, to take care of ourselves.
In today's episode, I share about the 8 amazing ways that houseplants have helped me to enhance my mental and emotional health, as well as reduce my stress tremendously:
#1 THEY PROMOTE MINDFULNESS
Houseplant ownership doesn’t just beautify your space, tending to them can have an immensely calming effect as you get lost in the moments of providing them care. This is an example of mindfulness, a very helpful practice for coping with stress and anxiety.
A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that participants who took part in a planting task felt calmer, more comfortable, and more relaxed than those who completed a tech-related task.
Therefore, taking care of your plant babies is a great way to focus on the little things to ground yourself. Such small actions can provide big relief from the hectic energy of the daily grind.
#2 THEY REMIND YOU THAT YOU ARE UNIQUE
Different plants have different needs, and caring for them means learning their little peculiarities. This means that you may find yourself puttering around, fixating on how to give them light so they grow evenly (as you should do with Pilea Peperomioides), misting them (as you may do with some palms), and dusting their leaves.
What I've learned from this is, don't compare yourself or your needs to others. No two people are ever truly the same.
You are unique in every single way.
#3 THEY PROVIDE "LOW EXPECTATION" COMPANIONSHIP
Although we know to reach out to our friends and family when times are tough, sometimes it’s nice to have a companion that isn’t expecting a conversation or a give-and-take interaction. In fact, there have been reports of doctors “prescribing” houseplants and participation in communal gardens to improve individual well-being.
Whether you choose to simply enjoy the companionship of a plant or to share about your day with your plant, the beautiful thing is, a plant will never judge you.
No matter what, they will always be understanding and smile beautifully at you.
#4 THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL AND THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY
Just as we decorate our spaces with comforting touches like family photos and knickknacks, plants play a similar role in making our homes more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. This is a wonderful and comforting reality of plant ownership that can help your space feel more joyful.
Even science confirms a pop of color from houseplants can evoke various positive effects on your mood!
#5 THEY REMIND US THAT LIFE IS FILLED WITH UPS AND DOWNS
When you’re stuck in the ebb and flow of life, it can be really hard to keep perspective on life’s seasons, and how they’re not all the same. Sometimes keeping plants can help you appreciate how our lives and internal states can mimic nature: sometimes struggling, not always blooming, but always valid.
With the cycles of life on display, it’s easier to tap into the wisdom of how you view life and remind yourself that even in the darkest of times - this too shall pass.
#6 THEY CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO LET GO
Not all plants survive, this can be for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was human error, or maybe they just didn’t have the right conditions to thrive. Having houseplants can teach us to let go, and realize that sometimes things just don’t pull together for success as nicely as we wish they would. And that’s okay.
Plants have taught me that sometimes in order for us to grow positively, we need to get rid of negativity - toxicity around us, aka toxic people.
Or even when we're dealing with grief. Life always comes full cycle.
We're born, we grow, we experience life's journey, and then eventually, we all will go back to our creator.
This doesn't mean that you should be down and depressed about life and simply for the end to come, this means that we should be thankful for the beautiful joyful moments that you have in life and to live your best life - now.
#7 THEY REMIND YOU THAT YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK
There are moments where I've seen plants wilt or sick, and I really thought that they were going to die. But they didn't. They survived.
With the right soil, the right amount of sunlight, water, and care, plants can sometimes surprisingly revive and blossom again.
It's the same for us, with the right conditions, and with enough will power, it is possible to yourself up again and rebuild your life even in the darkest of times.
#8 THEY EMPOWER YOU
Through taking care of plants, it showed me how much my actions have the power to give and protect life.
If you’re feeling down, it can sometimes feel like there are many forces outside of your control wreaking havoc on your life. Taking care of plants can provide us with some perspective that we do have some control, and that our actions matter.
Apart from these benefits and life lessons that plants have taught me, here are some self-care tips that they've taught me.
SELF-CARE TIPS THAT PLANTS CAN TEACH US
Here are some self-care tips that work for plants and humans alike:
Get lots of fresh air and sunlight.
Make sure you’re getting the proper nutrients.
Talk nicely about, and to, yourself.
Know that it’s possible to perk up after you wilt.
Give yourself the right conditions to thrive.
Cut off “dead weight” that’s bringing you down.
Tidy up your environment.
Allow yourself to have “seasons.”
If something isn’t working, troubleshoot.
Handle yourself with care because your feelings matter.
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
What is your favorite house plant and why? What life lessons have you learned through gardening? Do share them with me in the comments below 💛
Know that you don't need to have as many plants as I do. Just start with one and build up as you go along if you feel you can and would like to manage more plants at home. As you can see, the benefits of gardening can truly make a tremendous positive impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts.
Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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