Many people across the world are likely facing some version of mental health issues. During this time of unprecedented anxiety, owning houseplants could contribute to improving one's overall mental state. Houseplants can reduce stress levels and increase productivity, making them an essential addition to any home.
Studies have found that houseplants could benefit our mental health in a variety of ways; ranging from enhancing moods, and providing a distraction from difficult concepts, to increasing satisfaction with one's living quarters. Research has also suggested that plants could even improve air quality, something especially important during COVID-19 when many are stuck indoors. In addition, having houseplants is a great way to connect with nature even when stuck inside for the weekend or during the colder months -- something especially fulfilling during these unprecedented times.
So, if you've decided that having a few houseplants around is right for you, there are several points of consideration before adding a plant to your residence. The type of houseplant that is best for you depends on your lifestyle and goals. For example, while some people may prefer having plants with bright colors but low maintenance demands, others may opt for plants that need more attention in order to diversify their gardening experience. it is important to pick a plant that has the potential to last and match the desired atmosphere of your living space.
To get started, think about what elements would best complement your living quarters. Are there certain colors you can bring out? Are there areas in your home where neither sunlight nor artificial light reaches? Depending on your goals, these factors can help you determine which type of plant to choose. Some plants require at least some direct sunlight so it's important to consider the amount of natural light your space has available. Other plants historically flourished in shadier spaces and require little to no sunlight – such as peace lilies, ferns, or even aloe vera.
Once you've identified places in your home where good lighting prevails, the next step is deciding on a size to get. Not all houseplants come in the same shape nor do they all offer a manageable size for your living space. Large potted plants draw attention wherever they are placed and help to break up monotone walls while looking especially elegant if hung from the ceiling or as an addition to shelves. Conversely, small plants can easily be kept on desks or tables; giving life to spaces without obstructing too much of a view.
Be sure to think about the overall watering needs and maintenance of the plant you're considering. It is highly recommended to pick a houseplant that fits your abilities, as overextending yourself with one that needs consistent and extensive care can lead to frustration and negligence. In some cases canned cacti or succulents match certain lifestyles perfectly as they often require minimal water and last for significantly longer periods of time – plus they look very modern!
There can be many wonderful benefits associated with owning houseplants. Aside from their aesthetics, plants provide an opportunity for distraction and relaxation during stressful times; all the while helping one stay connected with nature from within the comforts of their home. However, when searching for the best houseplant fit for you and your lifestyle, remember carve out quality time to research potential options and be sure pick a plant whose needs both you and they can agree upon!