Just like your phone or your laptop, sometimes you need to recharge your batteries. It's good to get away from all the stress, from all those people demanding things of you, and a head overflowing with information. Sometimes a drastic step is required, like a monastic retreat or a six month solo hike. Sometimes, though, all you need is a short time to dwell in your own green refuge.
1. Choose a spot
There's no need to fly somewhere exotic, with the carbon footprint guilt that comes with it. Amazingly, you can find your peace and quiet at home. Just don't try to switch off in a chaotic living room or amidst a mountain of laundry. Choose a spot where you can sit undisturbed, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. It also doesn’t need to be a separate room with Do Not Disturb on the door: a brightly-lit corner will do just fine.
2. Screen and protect
Partition off the space with plants. A set of mini-cacti won’t really cut it, so it’s better to opt for a couple of big specimens with sizeable leaves. With them, you can instantly create a foliage partition that murmers “this is a stress-free green recharging zone”. Particularly suitable plants are Areca palm, Monstera, Yucca, Asplenium Crispy Wave and Spathiphyllum. They'll shelter you from chatty partners, fussing children and the beeping of computers.
3. Breathe deeply in the greenery
These fabulous plants do a brilliant job of sheltering you — but that's not all they do. As you sit hidden behind the leaves, you'll discover they bring a sense of peace. This is because plants release oxygen, giving you new energy as you breathe in the clean air. You've surrounded yourself with peaceful, living things that demand nothing of you apart from water. Can you feel your shoulders starting to relax? We thought so.