Temperatures dropping quick. Complete darkness by 5:30 p.m. Struggling to find the energy to be productive. The winter season has defeated many who battle seasonal-depression! It is like a black hole that sucks up your motivation, mental and emotional well-being, and ability to see what is good in life.
Brushing off this seasonal phase is easier said than done. You miss being outside but you would rather sit in your warm home than be in the frigid temperatures. However, all hope is not lost! Through many attempts to set my mind on other things, caring for plants has had the most positive impact on my well-being. Let's be honest — having a house full of beautiful, lively plants is not the worst thing in the world! So, to help my fellow strugglers, I have compiled a list of plants that will help with seasonal depression.
How will houseplants help with depression?
Houseplants eliminate the harmful toxins in the air! NASA revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87% of air toxins within just 24 hours. Other studies have shown that plants can increase productivity and concentration. This is because the color green is a universal color for relaxation and positivity. This is also why being outside and taking in your surroundings has a calming effect. Houseplants have also been known to improve ADHD symptoms, alleviate headaches and pains, and reduce stress. Above all else, it is in our nature to care for living things! What is more exciting than growing beautiful houseplants and being able to show them off?!
Here is a list of houseplants to get you started:
Everyone loves succulents! They are super easy to care for and thrive on neglect. I, and I am sure many of you, have those short phases during depression that hinder my motivation to care for my plants. This is why succulents are a great option. They come in different sizes and colors, and are perfect for every home!
These easy-to-grow plants are beautiful in plant hangers! I have two of these in my apartment and always admire how far they've come. The best part about hanging plants is that you can get crafty and make plant hangers for them! Try taking some time out of your day to make a macrame hanger. Who knows — maybe you will develop a new hobby!
3. Monstera Deliciosa
These are my absolute favorite! Of all the plants I have owned, my Monstera is the most exciting to care for. The split leaves make these plants unique from the rest and are rather easy to maintain. Being able to see how each leaf unfolds and develops their famous tears is seriously the happiest time for me! The best part is that they do not require much light. As long as they are provided a spacious area and indirect light, they will thrive!
4. Spanish Moss
The most elegant air plant — Spanish moss. These beautiful plants are super easy to care for and can be placed with almost any display! This can be another fun craft project to help motivate you.