Health and Wellbeing

Houseplant Week UK 22th-17th January

All week we have been posting about houseplants! We love them AND they have so many AMAZING benefits for your health and wellbeing.

Checkout the posts we have shared over the last week…

Wow! Who knew there were so many benefits to keeping houseplants!? There’s tons of research out there about how good they are for you, your family, home and the environment.

Plants are GREAT for kids too! Why not buy one as a first pet? Seriously! Plants give responsibility and structure – for example: learning how to look after them, when to water, if they need specialist feed and when they need repotting. They are a great learning tool – children can find out more about the plant, species, the ecosystem, origins etc. And most of all you can be creative and fun with them. I’m all for adding googly eyes to plant pots – or even sometimes the plant itself! I have also been know to give them hats or ears too!

Houseplants are also great for stress relief. They naturally do this by sitting in the room minding their own business. But you can enhance this by including them in mindful activities.
* Try drawing the plant
* Look closely and pick out the colours on the plant and try matching them to your colouring pencils
* Notice and keep track of how it grows. Notice a new leaf? Measure it and regularly log how is grows in a notebook!
* Spend a minute really noticing it – watch our video below to guide you with this.

We hope you’e enjoyed our posts this week and this blog for #HouseplantWeekUK. Let us know what you think, share photos of your houseplants – or if you haven’t got any, we hope this has inspired you to get a new indoor plant pet!

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