We all love our plants and looking after them, making sure they have the right care and helping them to thrive. But what about taking some time out for ourselves as well? Caring for yourself is a lot like caring for your plants.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, most people know plant-care basics. People aren’t much different. Just give yourself the same care and treat yourself like a houseplant to keep happy and healthy. Here are a few tips on how to self-care like a plant.
1. Watering Your Insides
This is probably one of the most important and most basic self-care tips and should go without saying. But it’s very easy to forget to drink enough water daily, especially when you’re busy. Everyone knows that plants need the right amount of water to stay alive and healthy, so do humans.
Different species need different amounts of water in different climates, the same can be said for people. How much water we need to drink depends on a range of factors, such as our weight, gender, physical activity, climate, etc. Recommendations suggest at least 2 litres (approx 8 cups) per day. Just remember to pay attention to how you’re feeling and drink when you’re thirsty.
If you are someone who forgets to hydrate here are some tips for increasing your water intake:
- Start and finish your day with a glass of water (keep a water bottle beside the bed).
- Take a bottle of water with you when you admire or conduct an inspection of your plant tribe.
- When you’re in the garden set yourself a goal to help you hydrate, as an example, my last repotting afternoon I drank a glass of water everytime I repotted 6 plants.
2. Nourishing Yourself
Ensure that you’re getting the proper nutrients just like you would your plants. Yes, I know, humans need much more feeding than plants but what you feed them has a direct result on how the plants grow.
We often don’t realise how much a good diet influences our well-being until we stop prioritising it. So aim for a nourished, balanced diet to keep healthy. Plenty of protein and fruit & vegetables. Eating fresh nutrient-rich foods on a daily basis will:
- Improve your digestion
- Help your mind become clearer
- Improve your sleep
- Reduce your waistline
- Increase your brain function
- Improve your overall health
It’s not just good food that your body needs for nourishment, your mind and soul need to be nourished as well. Spend time doing things you love, whether it’s gardening or pottering around your beloved plants, meditating, spending time with your loved ones, exercising in the fresh air, taking walks in nature, whatever your favourite hobby or pastime might be, do what makes you feel good.
“Get lots of water and sunshine because you’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions” – Unknown
3. Bask In The Sun
People need sunlight just like plants do to survive (even the ones that don’t need a lot still like to be close to a bright window).
Getting out in the sunlight and fresh air is essential to good health. Go for a walk or run, attend to your outside plants and gardens, play with your kids or pets or just sit and read in a relaxing, sunny environment. Open your windows during the day to let in natural sunlight and fresh air – good for you and your plants.
Sunlight provides Vitamin D, an essential vitamin to help lighten your mood. It’s also great for healthy bones, good immunity and brain function, just to name a few benefits.
Spending time in nature can also help decrease stress, depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that it helps you feel calmer and better about yourself.
4. Socialise With Other Like-Minded People
Being an avid plant lover and collector, one thing I’ve learnt is that plants thrive best when they are next to other plants. So do humans need to be around other humans. The last two years have been hard for everyone with social distancing and continued lockdowns. But it’s also a reminder that as humans, we need social interaction. We need other people’s company to stave off depression and loneliness.
Now that most lockdowns have ended, it’s time to get out there and reconnect. Find plant communities with like-minded people, meet friends for coffee or lunch. Even a small amount of social interaction can help with your moods and improve your enjoyment of life.
And don’t forget to be kind to yourself and stay healthy!