I may not have human or furry roomies (I did have a fish once RIP dishy the fishy), but I do have plants to keep me company! It's fun to have something to take care of. But more importantly, plants just make me happy! They bring my little space so much life! This is such a quick and affordable way to elevate any space from unfinished to homey and sophisticated. The first plant I had in my apartment was a very large plant that I placed next to my TV stand to hide all the messy cords! Large plants at nurseries can get very pricey but this one was only 11$ from Home Depot!
Studies have been done to prove that plants lessen effects of stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and even increase focus! I recently heard of a practice called "forest bathing" yup forest bathing! This is some fun info. Much to my surprise, forest bathing does not actually include submerging in water. It is a form of therapy and meditation that started in Japan. The U.S. Association of Nature & Forest Therapy is currently training guides to help forest bathing flourish in the US! COOL! Forest bathing is not hiking or following a trail through the woods, but instead meandering with no destination or path. Experts in this field are trained to help you focus on colors, textures, smells, and sounds of the forest which in turn eases your mind from thinking of everyday stress. Now, were probably not going to sign up for a forest bathing session anytime soon but one technique I read about seemed doable on your own; forest bathers were told to close their eyes for a minute and when they opened them all the green looked that much greener and perhaps saw things they did not see before.
As much as I would love to forest bathe among vegetation everyday, that is not going to happen anytime soon. So bringing plants indoors is a fab way to bring they joys of nature to my life in between outdoor adventures! Last week my friends Abby Jayme and I went on a little afternoon plant hunt. We went to Tillery Street Plant Co. and East Austin Succulents on the other side of town. I have never been here before and immediately fell in love. If you have some free time some weekend soon while the weather is still nice I recommend looking up plant nurseries in your city. Its is such a fun thing to do alone or with friends and different than your typical clothes shopping.
I have gone through more plants than I should have in this house due to my lack of success keeping them alive. I blame it on a combination of not putting the plants near natural light and not watering them the correct amount. This time I decided to do some research and buy a plant that can live in low light conditions and is easy to keep alive. I came to the conclusion that Pothos seemed like a good fit! It seems easy to take care of and remains small / medium in size. I bought a Pothos plant called Pearls and Jade because liked the patterning of different greens on the leaves. I always hear that succulents rarely die... Either I am a horrible succulent mom or I just bought the wrong kinds, but some of mine have not lasted very long. The succulent I have had the best luck with and is now going 10 months strong is called Haworthia!
Someday I will delve into the world of drinking chlorophyll! I have yet to try this but it sounds right up my alley! (beverages + green things = the way to my heart)