How Indoor Plants are the Answer this Winter

Over 10 million Americans have seasonal depression and adding plants in your home can help. Here are my favorite indoor plants for winter self-care!

The lack of green outside is something that we typically cannot control. When it’s rainy, dark and cold, our mental state tends to plummet. It is estimated that over 10 million Americans have been through Seasonal Affective Disorder, or as some call it, seasonal depression. When adding plants in your apartment or house, the touch of nature can help create a more positive and relaxing environment. So, while the lack of green outside is something that we can’t control, the life we create in our homes is.

Your psychological health should be taken just as seriously as your physical health. Plants freshen up the air in your home and release oxygen and absorb the toxic carbon dioxide. By having the visually appealing plants in your home, you can help relieve your stress while taking care and nurturing your new off-spring, even in the winter. 

From Gray to Green  

Since plants are picky about the environments that they can grow in, we have included a list of plants that can survive the lack of sunlight and warmth that the cold season brings. By choosing a few of your favorite plants and delegating time to help them grow, you’ll be adding a light to your winter. And if you don’t have a knack for growing plants, don’t worry! There’s a plant on this list for every gardening skill, from so-called “black” thumbs to experience plant parents.

1. Snake Plant 

Also known as Sansevieria, this plant is notorious for being a low-maintenance addition to your space. If you water it every two weeks and make sure to not let your temperature get lower than 55 degrees, this dark green, sleek plant will thrive. 

2. Peppermint Plant

A combination of water mint and spearmint, the Peppermint plant can help with your digestion and bloating issues. You can keep the plant in extremely cold temperatures as long as it’s receiving sunlight. Also, it smells great which is a plus! 

3. Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera helps with just about anything; from psoriasis to sunburn. Keeping this in your home is extremely beneficial with not much up-keep. Just make sure it’s receiving enough sunlight! 

4. Bromeliads 

The pop of color that bromeliads add to your home makes the fact that they only bloom once in their lifespan worth it. The colors will hopefully make you forget that you probably aren’t in a tropical environment. Bring in the feeling you get on vacation right into your home. 

 5. Staghorn Fern 

If you want to add a hanging basket to your decor, the Staghorn Fern is for you. They get their name from the leaves resembling horns and antlers. Since they grow on trees, they can thrive in a vertical environment. The plant only needs water once every two weeks and is a fun addition to your plant family. 

6. Rosary Vine 

Also called the string of hearts, the Rosary Vines grow like beads on a rosary. Just make sure you water them once a week and they are receiving enough sunlight! If you put this plant in a pot, the vines will beautifully hang off and work as abstract decor. 

7. Eucalyptus  

Eucalyptus plants are not only visually appealing but can serve as air fresheners and are healing when putting in teas since they’re high in antioxidants. The uses for Eucalyptus are numerous, whether in their oil or dried form. 

8. Alocasia Polly 

These dark green plants are beautiful and add a sleek touch to your home. With medium light and regular watering to keep the soil moist, having an Alocasia Polly can help you stick to your plant care routine. 

9. Zebra Plant 

This Brazilian plant has the potential to grow yellow flowers on top, with the name coming from the leaves having stripes. Keep the plant away from direct sunlight and water 2-3 times a week. 

10. Succulents 

Succulents store water in their leaves, meaning they only need watering once a week. These trendy plants are easy to take care of, so are a good option you want to start off simple. They also look beautiful potted — with the diverse variety of shapes and sizes to choose from. 

Home is where you should feel safe and free. It’s where you unwind from work or school, and spend time with yourself and your loved ones. That being said, it can be easy to feel trapped in your home with stuffy and dry surroundings. Don’t let the cold season make you feel limited on creating an indoor garden for yourself. By putting in an effort to bring in liveliness around you, you’re putting in an effort to improve your mental wellbeing. Not all plants thrive in the sunny summer, and with a bit of research and time management, your winter plants will make your home life more enjoyable and filled with ease.

Take a look at the visual guide below for a summary of these perfect winter indoor plants along with basic care instructions to ensure they thrive all winter long!

Meet The Author

Heidi is a writer and content creator based in New York City. When she’s not covering health and wellness topics, you can usually find her at a coffee shop or hanging out with her bearded dragon. You can take a look at her extended winter plant care guide here.

10 Way to Care for Yourself This Winter | Winter Self-Care

In the winter it can be very difficult to motivate yourself and to practice self-care. The dreary and cold weather has a negative effect on many people. If you are anything like me, the cold winter season can plummet your enjoyment and leave you very physically uncomfortable. Does any of this seem familiar to you? If so, check out these 6 ways to take care of yourself in the winter!

Get Some Sun

I know it can sometimes be difficult to get some sun in an often very gloomy winter season. However, on the days where there IS sunlight, be sure to open the blinds or take a walk in it! Sunlight is so good for you and can easily lift your mood! If you are struggling in the gloom, try checking out sunlight lamps or happy lamps!

Take A Bath

In many places, winter is a very cold season. Getting warm can sometimes be really difficult. If you’ve spent a lot of time outside, thawing can be just as difficult as staying warm. A bath is a perfect way to warm up quickly, relax your muscles, spend some time with yourself, and get some reading or Instagram scrolling done. Don’t have a bath? Spend some extra time in the shower or up the heat!

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Have a Positive Mindset

I know that this one can be sometimes difficult. But if you are actively seeking the good and the positive side to the dreary season, the dreariness may not affect you as heavily. Being positive not only brightens your own mood, but it also has the potential to help out those around you!

Get Out and Socialize

When we are feeling down, or the weather has dampened our mood, we have a tendency to seclude ourselves and to avoid going out. One way you can take care of yourself is to fight those urges and to get out and socialize.

Find A Hobby This Winter

Wintertime often keeps us indoors, unable to spend too much time outside. This leads to a lot more boredom and free time. Finding an indoor, wintertime hobby can make so much of a difference! Some great ideas for winter hobbies include

Have Fun in Winter

Don’t think that the cold weather and gloomy feel of winter means that you can’t have fun. You can still do things that are enjoyable. In fact, I encourage you to seek out enjoying activities and keep participating in them during the cold season. If you can keep yourself in a positive mood and mindset, winter wont seem so bad.

Self-care is always important but is especially important in the winter-time. If you love these 6 winter self-care ideas, check out 101 ways to practice self-care!

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