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      IvyMay Today — Mindfulness

      Grow with Ease: How Slowing Down Can Help Improve Your Mental Health- Mental Health Awareness Month, Week Three by Ivy Moran

      Grow with Ease: How Slowing Down Can Help Improve Your Mental Health- Mental Health Awareness Month, Week Three by Ivy Moran

      Why mosey along when you can stop and smell the roses? The smell of roses: the pureness of nature’s divine, an artfully fresh aroma, too inviting to miss. 

      At IvyMay, we designated the third week of Mental Health Awareness Month to ways in which houseplants can help us slow down our lives. When stopping and smelling the roses, the smaller, more underrated experiences come alive. Some sensory enrichments are just worth the stop! 

      Four Potted Plants

      Common approaches to success usually entertain a “go, go, go” mindset that oftentimes leave us further away from comprehensive successes-- possibly because we forget to smell the roses-- plausible!

      Gardening has been used for therapeutic purposes in occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is a holistic practice of therapy in which individuals or groups participate in activities that support some of the following: recovery from injury, support physical and cognitive changes and even help children with special learning requirements. (That, smelling the roses AND using IvyMay’s bath salts infused with rose petals is the remedy we recommend.)

      Potted plants Snow Queen Pothos

      At IvyMay we feel it’s important to acknowledge life’s underrated experiences, so we’ve pointed out 4 ways in which plants help us slow down:

      1. Basic houseplant care needs (light & water) teach us how smaller adjustments in life can help us thrive, too.

      2. Checking for new growth teaches us that slow growth is nevertheless, still growth.

      3. Styling our indoors with houseplants teaches us that everyone has opinions, might as well ~do yo’ thang the way you wanna do yo’ thanngg~

      4. Giving your houseplants showers reminds us of their natural environment-- toss ‘em in the shower monthly to replicate a rainforest-- even you’ll feel cleansed!


      New leaf unfurling Raphidophora Tetrasperma or Mini Monstera Minima Ginny

      Because gardening is both purposeful and meaningful, therapists have introduced planthood (parenthood x plants) into their practices (Patil et al., 2019). “Contact with nature is generally associated with the restoration of depleted mental resources and stress,” (Patil et al., 2019) --- why wouldn’t we bring plants indoors???

      Improve your  well-being with plants. Practice taking every moment with ease, every experience with good intentions, and every opinion with a grain of salt. 

      Stay tuned in with yourself & IvyMay. Keep in touch on Instagram and TikTok for more wellness and houseplant tips and tricks. We’d love to see you there! 

      Grow at Your Own Pace: Mental Health & Houseplants by Ivy Moran

      Grow at Your Own Pace: Mental Health & Houseplants by Ivy Moran

      Ahhh.. the houseplant journey. 

      -The ‘Tour De France’ of who can grow the prettiest, most jungle-like leaves and compliment them with a boho aesthetic. 

      -The “sorry I haven’t watered you for 3 weeks-- I’m really really in a rush and don’t wanna hit traffic!” 

      -The rearranging of plants ‘cause some need more love this week.

      -The “it hasn't grown ANY since I bought the damn thing-- I’m doing something wrong..” 

      No, sis. You’re doing everything right. 

      Misting Hoya Plants

      There are so many parallels between plant care and self-care. This plant journey is reflective of your journey. Have you checked in with yourself lately? Have you kept hydrated? Have you valued your time of rest just as much as your time of growth? 

      You see, the use of plants for indoor purposes is a widespread and long-lived phenomenon. Egyptians even embraced indoor plants within their interior design practices since the 3rd century BC. (Even they had faith in IvyMay). 

      This practice of keeping plants indoors can be attributed to aesthetical niceties, however, they offer us much much more! Several studies indicate that certain environmental influences, such as the presence of natural qualities (water and vegetation) within your indoor space can help improve your psychophysiological stress-reduction abilities. Yes, your IvyMay crystal bundle sets count. 

      Anthurium in a cloche with abundance crystals

      These are some of the positive effects plants have on emotional states:

      • Positive emotion
      • Increase attentiveness 
      • Restrict negative thoughts 
      • Reduce physiological arousal

      Clearly, the Egyptians got the hint. So take it from them, or take it from us-- your indoor environment is EVERYTHING. Make it something you’re inspired by. 

      So, hang your Hang ‘N Roots Propagation Station-- made with natural wood to ensure that outdoor pureness is felt within.

      Albo Monstera Cutting

      Grow at your own pace. Cherish the times of slow growth and watch as you unfurl. You’ll be surprised by how much you thrive. 

      And don’t forget that IvyMay and the plant community are right there with you-- along YOUR journey. Let’s keep in touch! Follow us on Instagram and TikTok