Should You Become a Plant Parent?

Taking care of plants has been shown to have positive effects on your mental state.

If you’re like me, you coped with the past two years of pandemic by seeking out as many self-care strategies as possible. One of the ways many people practiced self-care during this time was by becoming plant parents.

As an actual parent, I can tell you that taking care of plants is a lot less maintenance than taking care of children. I would also say that it’s probably better for your mental health, since plants can’t disobey you or try your patience.

Studies have shown that becoming a plant parent can have a slew of positive side effects, especially if you suffer from anxiety and/or depression. So if you are thinking about dipping your toes into the waters of plant parenthood, here are six reasons to jump in!

Lowered Anxiety- Just the feeling of being around another living thing has a calming effect on the brain.

Self-Care Reminder- Taking care of your houseplants will remind you to also take care of yourself.

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Mood Booster- Seeing your plants doing well is an automatic mood booster on days when you are feeling low.

Self-Esteem- Even if you aren’t feeling great about yourself, helping your plants thrive will give you a small confidence boost when you need it.

Better Air Quality- Plants help to clean the air in your home, which can also have a positive effect on your mental state.

Improved Memory- Studies show that taking care of plants can increase your memory retention by up to 20%.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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