Tip 1- As a knowledgeable food source: No matter where you live you can grow container plants. Containers should be made of clay, which of course is better for the environment and come in lots of sizes and shapes. A visit to your local home center will result in a vegetable garden that will inspire your imagination as well as relax your grocery bill. Knowing where your food is being grown is an ultimate stress reliever. There is no worries about pesticides or other poisons. You have total control of how your grow your food. A few tomato plants will have a nice harvest for salads and pasta meals. You can even grow the leaf lettuce as well, let your imagination go wild.
Tip 2 – As things of beauty: It really goes without saying that the beauty of plants relieves stress. Plants will add beauty to your home by helping it become more inviting to your friends and family. The colors and textures of the blossoms will slow you down just long enough to stop and admire them. Of course for those of us that are allergic to the flowers, perhaps the plants that have shiny leaves in variegated shades of green or green and yellow or even green and white will be very delightful to your eyes.
Tip 3- As plant therapy: Yes, plants are therapeutic! Plants require a little responsibility on your part to nurture them. They are a bit like a pet in this respect. Like pets, most plants are very forgiving. One very good side note, plants really don’t get sick much, this is great news for all my nurse clients.
Plants don’t move, so they are a constant in ones life. They share your space and seem to greet you when you come home. Plants will pull you out of a depressed state by encouraging you to open the curtains an letting the sunshine it. Even on those days where you would rather keep your face under the covers or in a quart of chocolate ice cream.
Nurturing something alive and growing brings people gradually out of their depressed feelings by changing their focus on the care of the plants and not the negativity around them.