10 Houseplants To Banish Your Anxiety

10 Houseplants To Banish Your Anxiety

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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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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12 Simple Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

These are some super simple ways to handle your stress at home.

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Anxiety and stress are very common problems for many of us in today's society.

Over 70% of adults face some sort of anxiety or stress in their lives.

It can really be overwhelming and can seriously affect our mood for the rest of the day.

Pushing these feelings of anxiety and stress aside and letting them build up does nothing but cause more harm to our minds and bodies.

Sometimes, we just need a quick and easy way to help alleviate some of this stress to help us get through the day and to help us feel better.

Here are 12 ways to do just that:

1. Practice deep breathing

Mental stress and anxiety can cause your body to respond in physical ways. Since it affects your sympathetic nervous system, you might experience elevated heart rate, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness. Breathing deeply and slowly can help slow your heart and ease your body back into a calm state. When I panic or feel overwhelmed, I breathe in slowly through my nose, think of one thing that makes me happy, slowly breathe out through my mouth, and repeat until I can feel my mind and body begin to calm.

2. Light a candle or start up your essential oil diffuser

My personal favorite scent to soothe my anxiety is lavender. However, you can also try chamomile, rose, orange, jasmine, sandalwood, or whatever else might help you.

3. Exercise

This is a big one, but can also be a very difficult one. Whenever you're feeling extremely anxious or overwhelmed, it might be hard enough for you to get yourself out of bed, let alone do any serious exercising. My best advice is to be proactive and try to pay attention to when you first start feeling your anxiety creep up on you. Just go ahead and get up and go for a walk, run, or whatever form of exercise you prefer!

4. Read a book

For me, there's nothing like curling up with a good book to help calm my nerves. Whenever I am knowingly going into a situation that will make me anxious, such as traveling, I always make sure to bring a book to read whenever I start to feel overwhelmed. Reading helps me to temporarily escape my anxieties and can be a big help in giving myself some much needed time to calm down.

5. Do yoga and practice meditation

Yoga is such a helpful activity for those with anxiety and stress! It kind of is just a combination of many different anxiety-relieving techniques (exercise, deep breathing, and mindfulness). There are many different apps, books, classes, and websites you can use as a guide and help to do yoga. You can find what positions, locations, and situation are best for you. Doing yoga gives you a great opportunity to think about and reflect on your feelings and worries.

6. Spend time with loved ones (yes, even your furbabies)

Sometimes, all we need is a little love and reassurance in our lives to alleviate some of our anxieties. Spending time with your family, friends, and pets can help us to see and remember the good things we have in our lives. So many times, those of us with anxiety tend to seclude ourselves and that makes it easy to forget the good we have.

7. Drink more water

Caffeine is a stimulant and can cause feelings of anxiety. It can make you feel jittery and can be a cause for elevated heart rate. Drinking more water not only helps you physically (like hydrating your skin and body), but it can also do wonders for your mental health. When your body is unhealthy and unhappy, that can be a big factor in feelings of depression and anxiety.

8. Take a short nap

If you begin to feel overwhelmed or anxious, sometimes it can do some good to just take a short 30-minute nap. Just give yourself some time to rest your mind and body and face the issue with a new focus and fresh thoughts.

9. Journal

Even though writing down your feelings, bad or good, can be helpful, when you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try focusing on the positive! Write down a few things that made you happy today or a few things that you're grateful for. Don't let yourself be bogged down by the negative.

10. Clean

This might not work for everybody, but I know that sometimes when I'm feeling restless or anxious, cleaning and decluttering can help clear my mind. Basically, it's just good to find something to put your focus on when your anxious thoughts feel like too much. Try to pick a task and focus on that until you're finished. You'll likely find, in the end, that you feel much better than before you started.

11. Listen to happy and soothing music

Listening to music is a BIG help to some people with anxiety. However, you need to be mindful of what you're listening to. Don't put on the breakup playlist you made when you were 13. Find happy or soothing songs and make yourself a playlist of songs with themes of positivity.

12. Don't bottle up your feelings

This might just be the most important advice I can give you when it comes to handling your anxiety. The worst thing that you can do is to suppress your feelings and try to force yourself to forget about them. Hiding or bottling up your feelings might help temporarily, but that will just make you feel worse in the end. Talk to someone or try one of the other methods I mentioned to face your anxiety, but don't pretend like it doesn't exist.

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