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Hi, my name is Caryne and I am the maker and creator at Burrowed by Caryne.  I first met Amy when her little plant shop was still being run out of her home.  I’ve purchased many plants from her and she is truly a lovely soul.

I suffer from major anxiety, postpartum depression and PTSD. If I had known 5 years ago how much plants could/would help me, I would have learned to care for plants a LONG time ago.

Before the pandemic hit, I had already started collecting a few plants (spider plant, African violet, money tree and a little cactus).  I’m also a newly certified Montessori teacher and over the past 3 years I have really learned a lot about the importance of plant care and their holistic benefits to your overall well-being and environment.

Here is my story about how plants have helped me manage my mental health and help me regain a bit of mental peace of mind.  Maybe my story can help you.

Firstly, and most importantly, plants are BEAUTIFUL.  When you walk into a room filled with greenery, you can’t help but feel a sense of calm.  I think this is why so many yoga studios are filled with plants.  The energy you get off the lush green indoor jungle is truly tranquil.  When I look around my home, I automatically feel a sense of comfort and peace.  It’s my little tropical oasis.  During those dark winter months, I always had a peace of mind because I had so much LIFE around me. I didn’t feel so down or alone. Since we can’t travel right now, might as well bring the paradise home.

Secondly, caring for my plants is a positive distraction when I am feeling down.  It gives my mind a positive place to go.  It gives me purpose and a sense of pride.

Thirdly, it gives me and my daughter (who is 5) a special activity to do together.  She helps me water and clean my plants.  It’s extra time we get to spend together and its memories we will always cherish. 

Finally, plants have given me a new community to be part of.  I see first-hand how much plants have helped others.  Ottawa and the NCR have some really rad online plant groups, including this one!  

If you suffer from any mental health disorders or are looking for a new hobby, plants are your friends and can give you a bit of comfort.

In my next blog post (out in May 2021), I will share with you my 5 favourite plants to help you start your little indoor jungle.  I am no expert, I simply know that these plants are easy to care for because I have them in my home and they are still alive.

Thanks for reading!


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Owner/Creator at Burrowed by Caryne

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