If you were a plant and garden lover, you’d know that tinkering with your greens and reds could have a tremendously enriching impact on your well-being. The benefits of gardening to one’s mental health is somehow underestimated are undoubtedly existent. Whether they’re large or small, our gardens provide us with a unique kind of peacefulness on us, which is not easy to find in our chaotic and confusing world. Now, as more and more advancements are seen, doctors, therapists, and other mental health professionals have explored and discovered the powerful potential of gardening to heal us from the inside. As studies are being continually done, it’s becoming clear that stress, depression, and frustration could be eliminated right at your own yard.
Anxiety, Depression, And Gardening
These two mental health issues are tormentors of our world. In these modern times, no one is spared from being depressed and anxious. The only difference for some is that they suffer from these more gravely than the others, which makes it a major problem.
Anxiety and depression are severely disabling health issues that can easily destroy someone’s life and can most certainly damage their relationships, jobs, and lifestyles. Those who have difficulty managing their ordeals can turn to suicide, bringing with them a gamut of other related health problems.
But the good news, especially for the busy mothers and fathers who have these issues, is that they can de-stress in their homes through gardening therapy. A study a few years back, which showed surprisingly high positive outcomes, can prove this theory. Additionally, the literal action of planting and its whole process improves one’s physical health as well. Gardening is a great substitute for exercise or a workout at the gym.
Anorexia, Bulimia, And Gardening
Eating disorders affect both men and women. Both genders also benefit well with the uplifting qualities of gardening. But one other thing quality that these individuals will get from planting and taking care of their gardens is that they are encouraged to grow healthy food. This habit of growing and eating healthy food that they themselves planted has proven extremely beneficial to most sufferers of anorexia and bulimia. It helps them clear their minds as well as connect with themselves, as well as enable them to strengthen their relationship with healthy food.
Ultimately, growing their own food has widened their understanding of its relevance in their lives. This can profoundly help individuals who see food as a measure of one’s look.
ADD And Gardening
Kids are mostly the ones who are emphasized in ADD, and teaching them how to garden can positively affect their disorder as well as their physical and emotional health. Better yet, you can do some gardening together and have fun while you bond!
About 5% of American kids have ADD. If your kid is one of the 5%, then he may be socially and academically challenged. However, for those who regularly visit the garden to water the plants or even just to play around, studies have shown a significant decrease in their symptoms. So whether you have a small, colorful garden or a landscaped, spacious one, planting a lot of greens, reds, and oranges could help your ADD child grow healthier, smarter, and happier.
Heartache And Gardening
Heartache is an intense feeling that looms and damages a person’s quality of life. When you break up with your partner, get diagnosed with a severe illness, or lose someone you love, your heart is heavy and breaking. Some people attempt to escape the pain by drinking, inappropriate eating or even substance abuse. But there are others who know too well that these will only help one forget the pain until the effects last. And one of the alternative ways that they have discovered is to start gardening.
A real-life story proved this theory to be right. Some students from Ohio who just lost a classmate from a tragic accident decided to try gardening to help them recover from the loss. They would reflect and bond in the garden in memory of their classmate. It became their solace and comfort, a means to talk about their emotions and try to work on them together. That small garden gave them something to hold on to – and to physically release their negative emotions. They reported to feeling calm and peaceful as they were keeping in touch with nature. In a way, the cultivation of plant life helped them come to a realization that there is hope and joy even after tragedy. Experts later called this therapy grief gardening.
The process that involves gardening also provides physical and mental upliftment, especially when there is something to look forward to after the garden has been done. The cycle of waking up every day to visit and water the plants, weed and clean the garden, and making sure that it is ‘living’ is a wonderful reminder of the importance of caring for our lives.