Photo: New Africa (Shutterstock) For almost a year, nearly every aspect of our lives has been changed by things beyond our control (mostly the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects). And while having multiple effective vaccines is certainly a reason to be optimistic, that doesn’t mean any of this is going to end in the near future. We still don’t know how long it will take before things start going back to “normal,” which makes it difficult to plan ahead for activities we enjoy (like travel) and that give us something to look forward to. Living through a pandemic has meant having to “go with the flow” for months on end. But not in the fun way—like when you don’t have a set agenda on a vacation and decide to relax and see where the day takes you. This is a decidedly not-fun way, where every part of your life must be flexible because for most things, planning ahead isn’t an option. The good news is that there is something small that might help: Getting a houseplant. Here’s why that might make you feel slightly more in control right now. Using plants to control our need to be in control In an article for MindBodyGreen , Eliza Sullivan spoke with environmental expert and zero-waste activist Lauren Singer about why having a houseplant can help us feel more grounded during These Uncertain Times. Actually, there are four reasons, according to Singer : Watching plants grow throughout the year can give us […]