Interesting concept right? Well believe it or not research has proven that plants help create a healthy environment. I’m not just talking about their ability to remove carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Have you ever heard of phytoncides? They are antimicrobial organic compounds derived from plants. The really cool thing is that these organic compounds not only have an anti-microbial property but, they also have a stress- relieving effect.
Self Care | Plant Care
First I’d like to offer an explanation as to why self care is sooooo freaking important to our overall wellness. We are often so willing to offer compassion, understanding, and forgiveness to others while continuously being extremely hard on ourselves. Taking on heavy workloads and rushing to meet crazy deadlines, without offering ourselves a break from it all. It is obvious that self care is a wellness practice, a necessary one.
Self care looks different for everyone. For me sometimes it does look like getting a massage or a manicure. But mostly it looks like me spending time with my hands in the soil, dusting leaves, checking for pests, or watering my plants. Caring for plants has taught me so many lessons and shown me how I can look at the experiences of life differently. As I care for my plants I’m reminded to slow down take a break and care for myself. At the core that’s exactly what self care is, a reminder to check in with yourself.
Spending time with my houseplants lifts my mood, I feel an easing of tension and anxiety. I am practicing mindfulness with little to no effort. Mindfulness in the sense that I am able to focus on the here and now moments. When I’m caring for my plants I allow myself to put down the cellphone, and turn off the TV. Caring for my plants gives me a chance to slow down and be present in the moment aka mindfulness.
Nature | Mood Booster
Did you know, research has shown showing individuals photos of nature scenes is enough to increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, the system that regulates the rest and digest branch of the autonomic nervous system. This will in turn make you feel more calm and relaxed boosting your mood. Like wow just looking a photography scenes y’all, imagine what bringing nature into your physical space could do!
What are your thoughts on Self Care? How do you practice Self Care? Let me know in the comments!