PickMeUps: Nurture a Plant

Today’s PickMeUp is to grow a plant. Simple as that.

I have tried and failed many times at this but I’ve learned from those failures and now I have thriving indoor plants that I treasure.

There are many benefits to growing plants including air purification and a sense of satisfaction at nurturing something to life.  An article in the Journal of Health Psychology found that gardening leads to reduced cortisol levels and positive moods which can “promote relief from acute stress.”

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If, like me, you are nurturing indoor plants I believe that the the sense of satisfaction from the daily ritual of checking on them, removing dead leaves, feeling the soil to see if they need water and seeing the shoots of life is truly comforting.  In an article titled The Health and Well-being Benefits of Plants the author states that ‘having flowers around the home and office greatly improves people’s moods and reduces the likelihood of stress-related depression. Flowers and ornamental plants increase levels of positive energy and help people feel secure and relaxed.’

You could do some research on a plant that will best suit the environment of your home- shady, cool? sunny, warm? You may want to buy a cactus which are notoriously simple to look after or you could go ambitious and try to grow from seed. A practical option is to grow herbs in the kitchen for use in cooking so that you get the benefits of being able to reap the produce as well as seeing it grow.

Either way, looking after something and seeing it gradually growing stronger is rewarding, health giving and simply makes the home or office a nicer place to be.

 

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