New Year’s celebrations have come to an end and 2017 is in full swing. It’s back to work, and perhaps you’ve already forgotten the resolution you made to yourself at the stroke of midnight, or realised that it’s unworkable. We’re here with a resolution that’s attainable and will actually help you in all aspects of your life.
“Getting a new hobby” is a tried and tested New Year’s resolution that often results in resentful time spent doing something you’d somehow convinced yourself you’d like. However, when the hobby is Bonsai, there are numerous rewards for both your mental health and your work.
Bonsai is an art form derived from ancient Chinese practices. It’s name means “to be planted in a container”. In essence, Bonsai is the art of growing ornamental and artificially dwarfed varieties of trees in pots.
This may seem like a pointless or daunting prospect (depending on your outlook), but there are many benefits to caring for Bonsai. Here are some reasons to consider Bonsai your best New Year’s resolution yet.
It’s in your hands
Bonsai trees require dedicated care. From watering, fertilising, to pruning your plant, it’s your responsibility to ensure that the plant is nourished and healthy. In nurturing your tree, you’ll learn responsibility and focus that you can apply to both your workplace and your life outside work.
Small tree, big accomplishment
Throughout the life of your Bonsai, you will be the one shaping and growing it. As a result, you will be able to monitor the success of your efforts. The Bonsai’s growth and development is a visual representation of your labours and positive actions. This is especially positive if you work in an environment where you may not always be able to see the fruits of your efforts.
Calm your mind
Devoting time and energy towards caring for your Bonsai takes you away from your chaotic lifestyle and redirects your focus. Focusing on something other than work or worries helps you to let go of your workplace stress and come back to problems with fresh eyes. The art of Bonsai is said to increase inner peace, calmness and composure within the artist.
Over its lifespan, your Bonsai will require regular attention and care. Your relationship is a journey, which requires patience and loyalty for the tree to survive. Patience is a highly regarded virtue in the workplace and in everyday life and cultivating it will help you in all aspects of your life. Likewise, commitment to tasks will further your career and allow you to learn more.
Back to basics
Growing Bonsai is a great way to reconnect with nature. The therapeutic and humble nature of the relationship ensures that you will come to understand both the beauty in simplicity and the deep complexity of nature. Research has shown that contact with nature boosts creativity, which is essential to better work.
Make this New Year’s resolution one you’ll keep (alive) by purchasing your own tree of tranquility. With the help of the experts at Boutique Bonsai, you’ll be wondering how you ever lived without the art. They’ll help you find the Bonsai that’s right for you.