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  • Writer's pictureMtl Latte Heart ♡

Your friendly neighborhood Coffee Plant Lady🌱

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

How a morning coffee and house plant ritual has helped me take better care of myself.

Lately I've found solace in house plants and everything around the coffee ritual. I used to be that girl always saying, I will kill every living plant that enters my home! Ironically, I was also all over the place with my routine and mental health. We're all like plants in a way, just with more complicated emotions. When my little friends are happy and green, it usually means I'm more attentive to myself and taking care of my physical and emotional needs. It’s a reminder to always keep going and keep growing.

PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF PLANTS Besides instantly boosting a home’s aesthetic, studies show that being surrounded by greenery can help with cleaning the surrounding air, creating a sense of well-being, and enhancing your life. - Healthline

My morning ritual includes preparing and savoring my coffee all while taking care of houseplants. Here's how it has taught me how to slow down and take better take care of myself.

1. Plants are like your own little green children. 👶🏻 🌱

Set aside extra time to take care of yourself and your little green things. I have a manual coffee grinder that forces me to take some extra time to grind my beans. Then, while I wake up, I just walk around and say good morning to all my plant friends. I'm totally sane, I promise 🙃. Much like every other living being, plants require a certain amount of attention in order to thrive. I also like to laugh at myself, cause seriously, I'm talking to plants.

2. Let the sun shine in. ☀️

Getting some sun exposure (with SPF!) is the most natural way to get enough vitamin D. I've read that anywhere between 10–30 minutes of sunlight, several times per week is perfect. Your plants will need the same.

3. Practice positive self-talk. ✌🏼

Would you tell your plants they look old or ugly? Never! Enough with the negative self talk in the mirror every morning. Tell yourself you look beautiful. Ok, maybe a little wilted and maybe you just need more sleep and probably a glass of water. We're all perfectly imperfect, rolls, wrinkles, bags under the eyes and all.

4. Stay Hydrated! 💧

With every cup of coffee I remind myself to drink just as much water. Coffee will dehydrate you. When your plants’ leaves start to look crinkled or the soil is stiff, it’s usually time for some water. Just like when your skin starts to look dry and your body feels sluggish, try gulping down some H2O. Plus, we all know there are plenty of benefits to staying hydrated. You need to watch Episode 2 of "Down to Earth" with Zac Efron *hotty alert* on Netflix. It is his own travel show where he uncovers beautiful places like France, where they are at another level when it comes to drinkable water. Super interesting!

5. Leave yourself space bloom. 🌸

I am constantly learning about coffee, and I am humbled that I am still nowhere near expert level. Same goes with life, relationships and work. Your plants will need to be re-potted eventually. With everything going on in the world, this year has been all about learning and growing through tough, sometimes thicker soil. Maybe all you need is a bigger pot?

Anyone up for a trip to the Atwater market? We can pick up some coffee at Lili and Oli and then find some cute new friends. 🌿🌱🌿


Mtl Latte Heart 💕

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