By: Yvonne Guu
“20 years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Today, the real world is an escape from the internet” – Mahmoud Mousli (Instagram Creator)
Following the outburst of COVID-19 clusters, the apparent dependence on technology to help adapt to unforeseen circumstances has left many, both young and old, at a loss. Day in and day out, our attention is constantly glued to our screens where a seemingly endless cycle persists: wake up, sign into Zoom meetings, complete tasks online, eat, sleep, and repeat. This monotonous way of living is incredibly draining and has left many without a sense of purpose in life. Nevertheless, it has proven that taking care of indoor plants can easily void these feelings of emptiness and stagnation.
Although caring for plants may initially be difficult, it is definitely worth it in the end. A study published by the Journal of Physiological Anthropology has proven that indoor plants help reduce stress levels, making people feel more at ease and soothed from everyday events. The natural environment and stability that indoor plants provide makes staying home more bearable during the pandemic. Nicole, a current high school senior, stated her indoor bamboo palms “ look very nice…and it brightens up the home a bit!” Furthermore, studies have shown that plants have the ability to rid contaminants from the air in a process known as phytoremediation. This health advantage is one of the reasons why Anjali, a high school student, has plants in her living room to “aerate the house.” Having indoor plants works amazingly well as “room decorations” as Angelina, a graduating senior, noted.
The effort individuals put into caring for your plants is clearly marked by the flourishing and budding structure of the indoor plants. Seeing such growth and success influences people to feel happy and content with the tangible rewards they are able to see. By providing people with a sense of purpose and duty in the midst of such a uncertain time, indoor plants are an awesome way to cope with the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.