On average as Americans, 90% of our day is spent indoors. Liven up your living space with some plants!
For me, it all started with one little succulent. As I began caring for this little plant, I realized how many options I had for giving it a proper home. There were terrarium designs with mossy beds and lots of moisture. There were trays of sand with succulents carefully arranged between tiny, circular rocks. Do you choose potting soil or river bed rocks or sand? The more I educated myself about how to care for my new plant, the more I found I enjoyed the process of gardening. I experimented with delicate maidenhair ferns and lilies. We had pots of basil, thyme, and mint scattered around the kitchen for making cocktails.
Gardening is therapeutic and can be great for your health. As Americans, 90% of our day is spent indoors. We live sedentary lives for the most part and don’t always have the chance to be outdoors in the sunshine. It’s easy to forget how important it is to get outside and interact with nature. So bring the nature inside to you. My desk always has hints of green whether I have fresh cut flowers or a cactus tucked a way in a little pot by the windowsill.
Bring life to your living space and refresh your air with some little plants. Plants act as natural humidifiers and decrease air toxins when you bring them inside. They also need to be nurtured and loved; by creating a cycle of care for your plants, you’re blocking out a chunk of time for your to relax and rejuvenate while you care for them.
Now maybe gardening isn’t your thing, but take some time to consider the immense benefits it can have on your body and how it came act as a mood booster. Studies continuously show that plants make us healthier, happier human beings.
- Reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, dementia
- Boost your immune system
- Stress relief
- Burns calories and helps aid weightloss
- Sharpen your brain
- Acts as a mood booster
- Increase feelings of positivity about yourself and your body
- Increases mindfulness
Did you know that gardening is a calorie burner? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention actually said you can burn up to 330 calories by doing light gardening and yard work for an hour. It’s a fun workout that can actually change your body for the better. It has also been found that gardeners have a significant lower Body Mass Index (BMI) compared to non-gardeners according to a study done by The American Journal of Public Health. Instead of laying on the couch and watching another re-run of Friends or Grey’s Anatomy, take a walk outside and spend an hour cleaning up your walk way or planting some new flowers. Plants have the ability to transform your environment and it is so gratifying watching how they grow and develop in the months after.
Maybe you haven’t had much luck with gardening. If so, try to get one or two plants for your space and care for them. Gardening takes work and practice so it’s okay if you don’t have much luck at first. Give your little guys enough light and do your best not to over water. It’s a process of trial and error. I personally have had my fair share of mishaps while trying to perfect sun exposure and watering with some plants; sometimes it just doesn’t work out and it’s okay if you aren’t a pro right away.
If you really want plants, but your significant other or roommates hate seeing you have bad luck with them, consider a set up like the Click and Grow Smart Garden. It does the work for you so you don’t have to deal with the weather and you can have herbs all year long in your own kitchen. You could also use self-watering flower pots if you are one to overwater.
See how gardening can change your life for the better and act as a stress reliever. It will bring a smile to your face seeing all your hard work pay off as your plants root and grow.