A few days ago, I came into my office to find my Spathiphyllum plant (often called a Peace Lily) looking like this. (I only know the Latin name because there is a tag in the pot.)
I keep 2 plants in my office. They were gifts from one time or another, and they add life to the room. But I can be neglectful. I don’t baby my plants at all. I’m sure this plant needs something, since it seems to dry out quickly and many leaf tips are brown. It hasn’t flowered for over a year.
But I can relate to this plant – especially today when I have a headache. I seem to go in energy spurts, working on multiple projects simultaneously and then quickly drying out for a day or two, not having energy for much at all. Quiet, undistributed rest is one of the things my body really needs on a regular basis in order to keep going. If I don’t get proper sleep or if I keep running without an evening of quiet alone time, then I really start to feel stretched and stressed. (Those who have seen me a couple days into a writers’ conference probably would recognize my drained appearance.)
To keep my engine running, give me:
- 7-8 hours of sleep per night
- at least a gallon of pure water per day
- 20 minutes of exercise every other day (this I seem too willing to neglect, but I know it would make me feel so much better)
- a Sabbath rest every 7 days (no physical or mental work, preferably alone time)
- Caffeine and chocolate once a week (more than once seems to pull me back toward addiction and have a downer effect)
- a time for creative play at least every couple of weeks (crafting, redecorating, shopping, etc.)
Within 2 hours of watering my plant, it looked normal again. See. Wish I could bounce back as quickly after being drained.
Every body/personality type is different, but I would find it interesting to hear what is essential to keeping your engine running.
Becky (who is feeling that midweek slump)