What Makes Plants so Therapeutic?
It is commonly claimed that caring for any kind of plant in your home or on your desk at work, or wherever you can find a well-lit corner, will help to make your life a little calmer.
And while the picture you might have in your mind of you as a horticultural expert might seem blissful, it won’t happen just by dumping a plant into your life. After all, if you’re already stressed out just trying to keep yourself alive, how is burdening yourself with the responsibility of another living thing – even if it is just a plant – going to help?
If you see yourself with a plant in your personal image of the ideal you, then maybe a plant now could be motivation to get there. Maybe it won’t work at all. Maybe you just want some motivation now and you’ll get rid of it once you’re all sorted. Maybe you don’t want a plant long term, but you think it might help you get where you want to go.
Either way, if it’s something you’re considering, then there are some really good reasons to go ahead and commit for the sake of your inner peace.
THEY MAKE THE PLACE LOOK NICE
This might seem entirely cosmetic, but it’s really not. Being in a neat, pretty environment can do wonders for how you feel. If your floor is swept and your bed is made, you’ll feel a lot better about life just because your surroundings are more pleasant to exist in. Add to it a vibrant little piece of nature and you’ll only help that feeling bloom.
THEY TAKE YOUR MIND OFF THE WORLD
Even if it’s only for five minutes while you fill up a cup of water and pouring it over your window box, it’ll make a difference. You’re concentrating on something that needs doing, you’re focussing. You take a moment to not worry about whatever else is going on to make sure that your plant is alive and well.
THEY MAKE YOU CARE FOR SOMETHING OUTSIDE YOURSELF
When you feel out of touch with the rest of the world, it’s important not to lose touch with your sense of empathy. Caring for something like a plant will help you keep your grip of it, even when you don’t feel any real connection with any other living thing. Making a habit of caring for something else is always worth doing.
THEY’RE EASY TO MANAGE
Part of the real value of plants is that they have all these benefits with no real downsides. It’s not the end of the world if you forget about it or decide it’s not for you. It’s not a pet that will need to learn to love again or have to fend for itself on the streets. If your plant dies, there aren’t really any consequences. You don’t have to worry about them that much.
As long as you don’t force yourself to get worked up about it, there’s not really a lot that can go wrong.
Author Bio – Kirstie Summers is journalist whose day job takes her to all the most interesting places and events in South London. She also freelances for a number of sites and publications, from gaming and literature reviews to creative fiction. She lives in London and spends as much of her free time as possible making the most of being in such a diverse city. She keeps one day a week to herself to swim, relax and keep the stress of the world at bay.