How plants and vegetation can help you be mindful

Nature is beautiful. I find it easiest to be mindful when I’m in nature. Being aware of the present moment seems a lot simpler when I’m on a stroll in the wood or somewhere with lots of birds singing and the sun shining. So, one of the ways I’ve managed to achieve more mindfulness in my own home is by buying plants to keep around the house. A psychotherapist once told me that she keeps plants in the rooms that her patients will come into because it, for whatever reason, leads to them being more expressive in their session. I’m not sure if this is true – but it certainly feels true. Having a live plant in my house that I care for, without the stress of a pet, in a way helps me to cultivate empathy and compassion. Being compassionate towards a plant? Sounds ridiculous, but there is some truth in it.

You can buy some great seeds and plants online, and I’d highly recommend doing so. Having plants in my house has somehow made me less stressed. Having some greenery amongst my industrial and wooden furniture is really lovely. My grandmother keeps a whole garden full of plants, with apple trees and raspberry shrubs and more. I wish I had the time to do something like that, but having a few little plants that I’ve grown myself still gives me a fraction of that feeling of satisfaction.

For the past few years I’ve wanted to own a pet, but I’m not allowed to have one where I live. That’s a shame, and honestly I’m not sure I would even have the necessary time to dedicate to a pet, but having a plant kind of acts as a substitute for a pet – an ersatz kitten. Plants can actually be kind of cute – okay, I’m getting slightly ahead of myself but I do genuinely believe there’s something to be said for the idea that having any form of life in your home will be good for your mental wellbeing.

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