Simple Self Care: Orchid Tending

This is the first post in a new series I'm starting called "Simple Self Care." I've been passionate about the subject of self care for awhile now, trying to figure out what techniques work best for me. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share with you simple ways you can take better care of yourself.

I think the term "self care" is a little loaded. When I first started to get acquainted with the term, I thought that self care would require an entire day spent journaling, painting my nails, and reading soothing books. These all sounded like great activities, but I didn't feel like I had an entire day to devote to them. 

In actuality, self care is much simpler. It's about taking a few moments out of your day to appreciate who you are and give yourself peace. For a lot of people, practicing self care is easiest if they establish morning or night routines that involve listening to calming music, reading inspiring literature, or writing what they're grateful for. I practice a lot of these things myself and will share them in future posts, but first I wanted to cover the pleasure of taking care of a plant.

Simple Self Care Orchid Tending

I notoriously have a black thumb. I've killed every plant I've ever owned. I do okay with fresh cut flowers, probably because I know they have a short life expectancy. However, in order to decorate my new home, I decided to add a bit of greenery and was absolutely delighted when I found a bevy of potted orchids to pick from for $2 each.

I've established a ritual with these orchids that brings me such peace that I definitely think it's a form of self care. It's my way of interacting with nature that I think could bring joy to your life as well. 

Motherly Advice

While I may have a black thumb, my mom has the most verdant, green thumb you could imagine. Her gardens are spectacular, and she has window sills of beautiful orchids. After purchasing my orchids, I naturally called her to ask how to take care of them in hope that maybe I would keep these guys alive for a bit. She gave me the following advice: 

  1. Water your orchids when the roots look grey-ish. A well-watered orchid's roots are a vibrant green, but you don't want to over water them, which is leading cause of premature orchid death.
  2. Fertilize monthly with heavily diluted MiracleGro to keep it healthy and encourage growth.

The habit of checking my plants daily to make sure their roots look right is soothing and a way for me to take time for myself. I don't have to think much beyond my orchid in that moment and can enjoy the simple routine. 

Self CareSarah Walsh