5 Indoor Plants Guaranteed To Instantly Boost Your Wellbeing

5 Indoor Plants Guaranteed To Boost Your Wellbeing

by | May 11, 2018

From Devil’s Ivy to Fiddle Leaf Figs, it’s no secret leaf love is where it’s at right now.


But the appeal of indoor plants goes far beyond their ability to make a space look Pinterest Perfect. While some varieties can help clean the air of harmful toxins, recent studies show they also have a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, too.  

According to a recent survey commissioned by Yates, six in 10 adults believe indoor plants have calming abilities. Four in 10 credit greenery with making them happy and 55 per cent believe it’s an essential part of making a house feel like a home.

“Indoor plants have so many benefits and it’s encouraging to see Aussies recognising the power of greenery inside their homes,” Angie Thomas, Horticulture Consultant to Yates said of the findings.

“Often gardening is only associated with large outdoor spaces, but you can get many of the same holistic health benefits from gardening indoors as you do outside.”

With that in mind, we hit up Angie for her top five plant picks and some foolproof tips on caring for them too.

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1. Fiddle Leaf Fig

With its bold and glossy appearance that instantly adds king sized greenery into indoor spaces, it’s no wonder that the Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of the most popular plants used in homes and offices.

Pro tip: Fiddle leaf figs thrive in a brightly lit room, protected from direct sunlight and cold draughts. Strategically place your fig so you can admire its impressive size. 

2. Rattlesnake Plant

Going for a colourful tropical vibe? No worries! Rattlesnake (or peacock) plants grow to around 60cm tall and have vibrant or patterned foliage. Loving humidity, they’re perfect for growing in a brightly lit bathroom.

Pro tip: Keep the potting mix moist, especially during the warmer months, and feed regularly with Yates Thrive to promote lots of lush and colourful foliage.

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3. Aloe Vera

If you’re after a low maintenance plant for your desk, try this drought resistant succulent. It’s known for its health and beauty benefits too – so there’s more to aloe vera than looking pretty!

Pro tip: Aloe vera should be grown in a very brightly lit spot but out of direct sunlight. Let the potting mix dry out in between waterings.

4. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

How about going with something bold and fierce? Mother-in-Law’s Tongue has distinctive upright sword like patterned leaves and these plants are very effective at improving air quality.

Pro tip: These plants are wonderfully tolerant of neglect and will handle dimly lit rooms and lack of water. Choose a pot with good drainage holes and use a quality potting mix

5. Swiss Cheese Plant

Originating in tropical forests, the Swiss Cheese plant (also called Monstera), is sure to bring a jungle-like feeling indoors with lots of lush holey leaves and climbing stems. They can grow into sizeable plants and are great for filling a brightly lit corner of a room with greenery.

Pro tip: Swiss Cheese plants will benefit from a monthly feed of liquid fertiliser, to encourage lots of leafy growth.

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It’s official: Shorts Season is officially here. While lockdown has seen many of us realise that activewear is less something to be worn for a workout and more a uniform we choose to do any and all daily activities in, when the warmer temperatures roll around, that favourite pair of sweatpants and leggings sometimes don’t cut it. Sure, they might be a staple in any wardrobe, but the Aussie sun doesn’t listen to reason, no matter how comfortable or cute it might be. And when it comes to summer, working out in leggings can feel like being trapped in a sauna, the sweat pooling at your ankles and around the waistband – as well as those other areas we won’t mention here. 

But as we transition from leggings to shorts, it becomes clear pretty quickly that not all shorts are created equal, and certainly not all shorts are fit for a workout. Take it from us at Women’s Health HQ, we’ve been there, tried it and lived to see the consequences. From the shorts that look cute but ride up to show your undies on the run, to those that feel like being strapped into a harness that’s digging into your hip bones. Then there are the fabrics that can cause chafing – a big no – and those that basically shine a spotlight on any area you might be sweating. 

Thankfully, a number of brands are here to cater to your exercise needs with innovative materials, fabrics and sustainable options to see you through a summer of movement. Regardless of your workout preferences or daily activity, we’ve selected the best shorts that will ensure you feel good in your body, shorts that get you excited to embrace the day and attack it with energy, that make you want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, whether it be walking, running, or socialising in the park. Here are our pick of the best bike shorts below. 


Uptown Biker, $240

What says summer more than a pop of orange and the sleek shape of these Nagnata biker shorts? With its mid-length and horizontal raised rib side detail, these are shorts you can wear both for a workout and out to meet the girls. Made in Australia with a technical knit fabrication, the double-layer jacquard provides gentle sculpting qualities for the body, making it an excellent choice for light to moderate fitness activities like yoga, pilates or barre. 

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New Balance

Q Speed Fuel Short, $70

We love the colour of these shorts from New Balance which are cut with a sleek, speedy look that also helps to elongate the legs. Featuring NB DRY moisture wicking fabric, these are the shorts you want for high intensity exercise or long runs, keeping you comfortable and dry. There’s also an interior brief for added comfort and a stash pocket to keep your essentials. 

All Access

Ultra High Rise Zip Front Biker Short, $78

Yes, the colour is amazing but the fit is equally sensational on these All Access shorts. For those who love a high-rise fit and wide waistband that holds you in at the waist, look no further. The sleek, shiny look offers mid-compression and the fabric is moisture-wicking, so you can stay comfortable even during your sweatiest workouts. 


Nike x Naomi Osaka Utility Short, $90

Few things are worse than heading out the door for a run and realising your shorts offer no pockets for those essentials you need. You’re left to hold your iPhone, keys, and anything else you might need in your sweaty palm. Thankfully, Naomi Osaka knows what we need when it comes to exercise shorts and these utility shorts from her collaboration with Nike offer all that and more with a relaxed fit and elastic waistband. 


Session short Tights, $72

When it comes to bike shorts, you want to feel supported and held in but you also want to be able to breathe. These Tracksmith session short tights are exceptional in offering support while still ensuring comfort remains a priority. Forget about chafing, these shorts won’t ride up and down and the fabric offers more coverage and support against the body. 

Outdoor Voices

Relay 3” Short, $48

Who said summer shorts have to be boring? Outdoor Voices brings fashion-forward style and playfulness to their collections with fun prints and exciting colours. We love the relay 3” shorts for their ultralight, quick-drying fabric that also happens to be made from recycled polyester. But more importantly, we love the print and Poppy Swirl is as good as it gets. There’s even a hidden pocket for your valuables, too. 


Align High-Rise Short 6”, $69

If you’re familiar with the buttery-soft feel of Lululemon’s tights, you’ll want to get your hands on a pair of their shorts, too. Made with the same Nulu fabric that their tights are known for, these shorts feel weightless and super soft. They might be our go-to staple for any workout, but the feel is so second-skin that it’s hard to not wear them for every other activity, too. 

Spiritual Gangster

Seamless Biker Short, $112

These biker shorts from Spiritual Gangster move with you, thanks to a three-tiered compressive waistband that offers a flattering high waist that hugs you in all the right places, without proving constrictive. They offer medium compression but are built for all day comfort, and the colour is a true summer staple because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love tie-dye?