Boost Your Mood with Pretty Plants!
You know how it goes. You’re running around at work, trying to meet deadlines, not to mention trying to actually see your friends and go out occasionally. Throw in a relationship on top of that, and taking care of kids (of the 2- or 4-legged variety; they’re all cute), and it’s easy to get Totally. Worn. Out.
Here's the good news: At the end of the day, you can come home to a space that feels relaxing, cheerful, and 100% hygge. (No magic of tidying up required.)
If that sounds like we're trying to get you to hire an interior decorator, think again. What we're talking about here is adding some SERENITY NOW with plants!
Brighten Your Day with a Cut Flower Bouquet
Did you know that color can actually change your mood? Put that to good use by growing some flowers you can cut and enjoy. Looking for energy? Plant hot colors of red, orange, yellow, and bright pink.
Desperately need to chill? You'll want to grow cooler colors of blue, purple, lavender, pale pink, or white. But get this — any color, as long as it’s planted in a monochromatic scheme, is more relaxing than a bright jumble of flowers.
We're absolutely IN. LOVE. with this new Watermelon Dahlia collection. Dahlias are some of the easiest to grow cut flowers. You'll love pink-red-maroon combo of flowers when they bloom.
Grow your Favorite Fragrance
There's a reason you keep seeing those "diffuser bracelets" everywhere. Similar to color, fragrance has a powerful ability to impact how you feel. You could wear some lava rocks around your wrist or you could grow fragrant flowers. Aside from the obvious roses and lavender, consider freesia with its almost candy-like scent (some say it smells like Froot Loops — hello, awesome childhood memory!), or lily-of-the-valley with its jasmine-like fragrance (thought to ease depressive moods).
Have a Drink
Sometimes you just have a day, and what keeps you from throat-punching your co-worker who has an annoying loud-breathing habit and who won’t stop talking about her awful break-up is the fact that you can go home and mix yourself a botanical cocktail. (Okay, that may have been a too-specific example. Possibly that has happened to one or two of us.) Just close your eyes and imagine a Lemongrass Gin and Tonic waiting for you upon your arrival. You’re welcome.
Spruce Up Your Patio
Netflix is awesome, but so is having your own little garden paradise where you can Lean back in your chair, put your feet up on whatever is not moving, Lemongrass G & T in hand, and enjoy your whispering in my ear, “You’re going to be okay.”
Ok, maybe it's excessive to envision your plants talking to you, but here's the thing: spending time outside really does boost your mood, talking plants or not. If you're short on time, experience, and space, you cannot beat these colorful begonias for a big bloom burst. They're practically indestructible.
Take it Easy
Right about now, you’re probably thinking that growing all these plants will take a ton of effort, and that’s the opposite from taking it easy #amiright?
Well, first of all, everything listed here is super simple to grow and gives you a huge reward for a little bit of effort.
But, if you're looking for a houseplant or patio plant that basically grows itself, you're looking for Oxalis. Pull it out of the box, water it, and enjoy.
See? Five ideas for super self care with minimal shirt folding. It's the power of plants!
- Katie Elzer-Peters