Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Plants Bring Joy

11 Ways Plants Bring Joy and Control to Our Brain 
During Chaos

Illustration by Brittany England

During these crazy times, we all need something to keep us grounded and happy. Fortunately, for us, we work around beautiful, life giving plants. 

I found this article on the website Greatist. It is actually a really good website and they have a few other indoor plant related articles. In any case, here is a link to the article and a few sections that I liked. 

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.

When the daily grind has us often feeling cut off from the natural world, houseplants can help fill the void. We spoke to folks in different plant communities about the personal wellness benefits they've reaped from plant parenting.

"There's something really zen about potting plants or gardening in general. Forces you to be present in the moment and not being anxious about five million other things." - Mary Marcella

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.

"When I get in a funk, I use the plants to help me out of it. I'll check on them if there's any dead leaves, dryness, need of watering, and move around to get some sun, etc. This little bit of caring for something else (and who isn't talking back to me) helps me clear my head and restart my day." - Rachel Able

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.

"When my oldest went off to college, I bought myself a new plant. Within 6 months, I had 75. When they die I feel quite sad, tell them I'm sorry I couldn't save them and thank them for the joy they brought my family." - Teresa Bond
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.

"When people come over to my house, they almost always comment on my plants. I'm a super awkward conversationalist with people I'm not yet close to, so it's really helpful to have the plants to chitchat about to get us going." - Kristen Mae

Although we are more connected than ever with the internet and social media, for some of us, truly connecting in person can be a challenge. One thing about plant people is that they absolutely love finding one of their own in the wild, and plants can be a simple default conversation starter that feels safe and secure.

"I could never keep house plants alive. When I finally confronted some past trauma and really dealt with some mental health issues, suddenly I could keep a dozen house plants alive and thriving!" - Cameron Chapman

We're all a part of nature, and although many of us live in cities and can feel cut off from it, plants show us just how connected we all are. Consider it coincidental or strangely but often in houseplant-loving groups (such as Houseplant Hobbyist on Facebook), plant people tend to notice how their plants mimic their internal nature


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