How Gardening Is Therapeutic

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Anshika Goel

07 August 2020

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How Gardening Is Therapeutic

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Have you ever wondered why you naturally feel better when you are surrounded by plants? Or why your mood lightens when you go for a simple stroll in the park? Well, that is because greenery is indeed therapeutic. In a world where everyone is constantly running to win a race, it is extremely important to give yourself a break and take out time for something that calms your soul. Just being outside admiring the foliage in your balcony can be the simplest step you take for your mental health every day. In fact, there are special therapeutic gardens designed keeping in mind the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of the people visiting them.

Different things bring joy to different people. For some, it is listening to music, dancing on their favorite songs, playing with their pets or reading and for some, it is gardening and spending time with their plants. Various studies have continually shown that gardening has positive effects on both, our mental and physical well-being. It can act as a great stressbuster.

Provides Mindfulness

Gardening helps you get your mind off of your surroundings for a little while and provides an escape from the current situation. Your mind is transported to a calmer state. It is scientifically proved that getting your hands dirty in the garden can increase your serotonin and dopamine levels which are happy chemicals in your body and act as a natural anti-depressant. Simply put, gardening holds the power to make your mind light and happy. It can be called one of the highest forms of self-care when all you want to do is spend a little time away from the world just with your thoughts.

A Rosy Relationship

“We might think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us” - Jenny Uglow.

It can be very often seen that people talk to their plants while watering them. When you indulge in gardening, you build a beautiful relationship with your plants which spurs positivity. You feel for them like you would for a person that you deeply care about- you rejoice when they thrive and wince when they’re plucked. Talking to your leafy friends can lighten your mental burden and leave you with a content feeling. This relationship is pure without any expectations or compromises and one wherein there’s only room for growth. It really is a win-win situation as a study conducted by the Royal Horticulture Society suggests that talking to your plants can actually help them grow faster.

You may also read: The 6 Amazing Benefits of Gardening in Your Backyard

Sense of Accomplishment

“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty, or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow” – David Hobson.

The idea of nurturing and taking care of something not only gives you a sense of responsibility but also a sense of achievement and satisfaction. You feel proud when you see a plant grow in front of your eyes through the efforts and care that you put in. It makes you feel good about yourself and helps boost self-esteem.

Symbolic of Regeneration

Gardening is a beautiful symbol of regeneration. Watching plants grow, flourish, and die over a period of time reminds us of the cycle of birth and death and helps you to cope with difficult emotions in your life. By being in contact with other living creatures you grow appreciative of the small things in life. You are reminded that you are a very small part of this universe, your perspective widens and you are able to look beyond yourself and your problems.

Green Space = Happy Space

"Green, which is Nature's color, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving." - Paul Brunton.

Various scientific researches have proved that green spaces can instantly lift a person’s mood and make them happy. This includes any kind of green space like parks, hiking trails, or a simple plant and not just the fancy faraway natural beauty. If you do any activity in a green space you are likely to be happier and satisfied while doing it. So, the next time you try a cartwheel, do it in your nearby park and you will roll on the ground laughing even if you fail!

Gardening a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

If you really get your hands dirty in the garden it can help keep you physically fit. Being outside is good for one’s mind and body and indulging in gardening is like a cherry on the cake. While one may procrastinate in actually exercising, gardening provides a good exercise to the body and at the same time also soothes the mind. Moreover, various studies have revealed that physical activity including gardening can actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in a person by 50 percent. Thus, you can rely on plants to take care of your overall well-being.

The Wonders of Indoor Plants

It is not very rare to find small potted plants on office desks and study tables. Indoor plants are as therapeutic as the outdoor ones. Having plants in an indoor space can contribute to boosting your mood, creativity, productivity, and creating an overall positive atmosphere.

Indoor air can be as harmful as the air outside. Getting indoor plants can solve this problem. Studies show that these plants can help reduce common toxins and other indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene that accumulate in our houses through furniture, carpets, and other home appliances.

Moreover, indoor plants can help increase the productivity of employees in an office of 15%, a study by the University of Exeter shows. Just having something refreshing to look at in the stressful environment of an office appeases the mind and plants serve just this purpose.

If you are looking to adorn your indoor space with a touch of green then money plant and aloe vera should be on the top of your list. Both of them are easily available and low-maintenance plants. Just place an aloe vera plant near a window for adequate sunlight and watch it grow. The snake plant is also worth considering as it is an excellent air purifier which can grow very well even in low light. You can also go for the lucky bamboo plant as it is not only beautiful to look at but also easy to grow indoors.

Edited by Annanya Chaturvedi

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