Beyond being a buzzword among millennials, self-care has opened the eyes and the heart of many about the importance of consciously making yourself a priority, too. Instead of shrugging it off as a mere trend, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are, in fact, a lot of interesting studies validating the positive effects of this practice for the mind, body, and soul.
Today, let’s talk about self-care and its connection to flowers. Why do you need to do it as much as you can, and why you're doing your emotional health a huge favor by getting yourself fresh flower arrangements?
What is self-care?
Self-care can be subjective. It may mean differently to different types of people. But essentially, any initiative you take to make your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being a priority may be considered a form of self-care. These include:
- Identifying and purging your known triggers for stress, anxiety, and depression
- Letting go of toxic thoughts and relationships that drag you down
- Choosing to be with loving people who bring in encouraging ideas and positive energy
- Surrounding yourself beautiful orchid plants and floral arrangements to feel inspired and happy
- Indulging in peace and tranquility with hour-long soaks in the bathtub surrounded with scented candles and natural beauty essentials with an orchid flower tucked behind your ear
Self-care can also be something as simple as making an effort to get sufficient hours of sleep so you don’t feel lethargic and irritable the next day or going for a leisurely walk in the morning to get your daily dose of sunshine.
Studies Linking Self-Care to Flowers
So many women swear by buying floral bouquets for themselves as one of the most effective and empowering forms of self-care and/or self-love. We’re telling you, these claims are legit as they can get.
There are several studies that have already proven that receiving, living, or being in the mere presence of real flowers can improve your mood almost instantaneously. The findings from Rutgers University reveal that those who receive flowers are more satisfied in life and have reportedly felt:
- Genuine and excited smiles
- Delight and gratefulness
- Lower levels of anxiety, depression, and agitation
- A deeper and stronger connection to families and friends (who were probably the senders)
The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women Study done by the University of North Florida, on the other hand, discovered that receiving and/or being constantly near flowers have great emotional benefits in women who were previously identified as chronically stressed.
How to Practice Self-Care with Flowers
Order flowers for yourself — no shame in that.
We’ve said it before and we’ll never get tired saying it again and again. Don’t wait on anyone to surprise you with flowers on your doorstep. Go and get one for yourself! Buying yourself gorgeous flower arrangements is showering yourself with self-love and affirmation that you are capable of achieving everything you want and that you deserve to be loved.
Take care and collect orchid plants.
Orchid blooms really last for a long time whether as a flowering plant or a cut orchid arrangement. The cut ones can give you a stunning floral display for more than two weeks while the orchid plants can live for years and can even be triggered to rebloom. That being said orchids are the practical choice if you want to get the bang for your buck.
And no, they are not fussy or high-maintenance plants at all. As a matter of fact, orchids are fairly easy to take care of and can survive indoors. Just a little caveat though, buying orchids can be addicting — for all the good reasons, of course. Beautiful, long-lasting blooms, low-maintenance, so many colors and types of orchids to collect, allergy-friendly, safe for pets, loads of benefits, I mean, what more can you ask for?!
Enjoy a visual floral feast as much as you can by dropping by the nearest florist or flower market in your neighborhood.
Squeeze visits in the morning while walking on your way to work for creative inspiration or after you get off of work for a well-deserved treat. Orchid Republic Floral Boutique is located at 4327 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. We are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.