There are countless amounts of benefits to having more nature in your life. Getting outside spending time in parks and woods have great impacts on our mental health. We have discussed this is previous articles such as The Top 5 Benefits of Plants on the Mind and 5 Free Activities to do in Nature to Lift Your Mood.

How about bringing nature into your home and filling your life with plants? This can be a great way to help boost your mental health.

Why Plants?

Plants are incredible for your mental health in many different ways. They are fantastic for helping to reduce stress and anxiety, which can give you more energy and time to focus on the things that matter. Plants can help improve your productivity and even boost your concentration. This is great for when it comes to completing projects, dealing with challenges or life in general.

They are also great for your wellbeing too, not to mention it even improve your air quality indoors having plants around. So, not just beneficial for mental health but your body too. Studies have been conducted that show plants can aid recovery after illness, reduce pain levels and much more. They are truly magical.

Which Ones?

That fact of the matter is, one plant could have an impact on you. You do not need to have an entire jungle in your house, although we wouldn’t blame you if you did! But, where to start? Which plants are the most beneficial? Here are a few of the ones we love the most.

Herbs

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A great way to start plant keeping is a herb garden on your windowsill. You can purchase all manner of herbs from the supermarket in pots and they are relatively easy to look after. Not only that but they smell and look amazing and you can use them when you’re cooking! Some will even flower too. We adore Thyme, Basil and Rosemary!

Yucca

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Yucca plants look like little exotic trees. You can get huge ones or smaller versions depending on space and taste. You can always report a smaller one and it will grow into the larger pot. We recently picked one up from Lidl for £7.99. It is about 45cms and looks fantastic, it was a brilliant find, well looked after and happy in its new home!

Monstera

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Also known as a Cheese Plant, this is most likely our top pick. You can pick them up relatively cheaply and small. They don’t like to be over watered, but need a little attention here and there. Remember to water regularly but not too much and they will go from strength to strength. We have two of these, one was gifted by a florist we know, on it’s last legs and rotting from the root up. We basically neglected it for three months as the rotting was due to over watering and now it is huge!! Almost 3 foot tall and as wide, it is due a repot.

I Can’t Keep Plants Alive Though.

This is when research is your friend. Whether you do some reading online, grab a book from the library or talk to an expert. Have a look around and find out which plants are great when you might forget to water them! There are some obvious choice of course, we have picked three of our favourites to help get you started.

Spider Plant

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Minimal watering from the bottom, means these interesting looking plants are easy to care for. They seem to just grow and grow with little interference and produce baby spiders. These miniature versions of the larger plant can be found at the end of the leaves. Pick them off, plant them and you have another plant for free!

Mother In Law’s Tongue

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Or Snake Plant is another great option for easy care and forgiveness when you forget to water. It looks stunning with its long leaves with yellow and red streaks too.

Cacti and Succulents

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Potted, in terrariums or other arrangements, cacti and succulents are the pick of the litter when thinking about plants that are easy to care for. Just water every now and then and just enjoy. There are so many varieties to choose from too, some even flower.

There you have it, plants can be incredible when you bring them into your home. You will be able to find all manner of self-care ideas on The Wonderment this year. Don’t forget to join the conversation over on social media too. You can find us on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.

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Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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