10 Houseplants To Banish Your Anxiety

10 Houseplants To Banish Your Anxiety

Every person should have these.

House plants serve as a quick and easy way to brighten up any room in your home. We all know that plants are great for getting more oxygen flowing through your space. But did you know that certain house plants can even help reduce anxiety and depression? I've compiled a list of some of the best house plants to ease mental distress!

1. Lavender

How it helps: Comes from the mint family and is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress, lower heart rates, calm agitated babies, and improve sleep quality.

How to grow: Requires a period outside, well-drained soil, direct light.

Difficulty: Moderate.

2. Jasmine

How it helps: Improves sleep quality, helps to feel more alert when you wake up, clears thinking for emotional regulation.

How to grow: Needs direct sunlight and moist soil during the summer and spring, prune after blooming season.

Difficulty: Easy.

3. Rosemary

How it helps: Also a member of the mint family; improves air quality, increases memory function, banishes anxiety.

How to grow: Must become acclimated to less sunlight, never let soil dry out completely, susceptible to powdery mildew.

Difficulty: Hard.

4. Aloe Vera

How it helps: Most powerful air purifier in the world, removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air, better air quality reduces stress.

How to grow: Requires minimal attention or water, nicknamed the "plant of immortality."

Difficulty: Easy.

5. Chrysanthemum

How it helps: When made into a tea it reduces stress, treats high blood pressure, chest pain, fever, type 2 diabetes, headache, swelling, and dizziness.

How to grow: Position it somewhere that will give it plenty of natural sunlight and little artificial light at night, water regularly and under the leaves to prevent fungus.

Difficulty: Easy.

6. English Ivy

How it helps: Calms allergies and asthma, removes formaldehyde

from the air, promotes calm sleep.

How to grow: Bright light, keep it slightly on the dry side, very regular fertilizing, excellent drainage.

Difficulty: Moderate.

7. Snake Plant

How it helps: Improves energy levels, headaches, breathing problems, eye irritation.

How to grow: Free draining soil, indirect sunlight, dry out between waterings, not too much water.

Difficulty: Easy.

8. Bamboo Palm

How it helps: On NASA's list of best air purifiers, cleans the air of benzene and trichloroethylene, immune booster, anti-inflammatory, conducts energy to brighten up the room.

How to grow: Lots of water, shade or indirect sunlight.

Difficulty: Moderate.

9. Dracaena

How it helps: Removes benzene, carbon dioxide, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, promotes easy airflow while sleeping, controls humidity.

How to grow: Lot's of natural and direct sunlight, moderate amounts of water.

Difficulty: Moderate.

10. Valerian

How it helps: The root of this plant can be made into a tea which has been used to treat both anxiety and insomnia.

How to grow: Six hours of sunlight a day, well-drained nitrogen rich soil, needs plenty of space, needs to be kept uniformly moist.

Difficulty: Moderate.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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10 Songs To Listen To When The Anxious Thoughts Get Too Loud

10 songs to give you momentary peace during Final's Week.


Final's Week is the time of the semester where everyone is cramming and fearful of what's to come. Thoughts of failing and ruining the sacred GPA plague people's minds for the weeks leading up to the dreaded finals. It's an incredibly important time, and I am a big proponent of people using this time to study and work hard to get the grades I know they can and keep/improve on that GPA. However, the longer we get stuck in that anxious loop, the more likely it is that we're going to be burnt out before we even make it to finals. Music is the perfect way to take mini-breaks throughout your study seshes.

Here are 10 songs that help bring my heart rate a little down and bring a little peace to my life in the midst of stress:

1. "This Feeling" by Alabama Shakes

"See, I've been having me a real good time. But it feels so nice to know I'm gonna be alright".

2. "River" by Leon Bridges

"I wanna come near and give you every part of me. But there's blood on my hands and my lips aren't clean".

3. "Dance Me to the End" of Love by The Civil Wars

"Let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone. Let me feel you moving, like they do in Babylon".

4. "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran

"We'll play hide and seek to turn this around. All I want is the taste that your lips allow".

5. "Honey" by Kehlani

"I like my girls just like I like my honey. Sweet, a little selfish".

6. "Beyond" by Leon Bridges

"I'm scared to death that she might be it, that the love is real, that the shoe might fit. She might just be my everything and beyond".

7. "Livewire" by Oh Wonder

"Oh won't you be my livewire? Make me feel like I'm set on fire".

8. "Love" by Lana Del Rey

"You get ready, you get all dressed up, to go nowhere in particular. Back to work or the coffee shop, doesn't matter cause it's enough to be young and in love".

9. "All I Want" by Kodaline

"All I want is nothing more, than to hear you knocking at my door. Cause if I could see your face once more, I could die a happy man, I'm sure".

10. "Juke Jam" by Chance the Rapper (ft. Justin Bieber & Towkio)

"Then we hit the floor, all the kitties start skating, to see grown folks do- what grown folks do, when they grown and they dating".

I hope these songs help give you three minutes of bliss during your Final's Week!

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