Looking for reasons to spend more time with your new found love, your garden? Here is one-gardening can enhance psychological wellness. Thus, whether it’s nervousness or incidental dejection that is bothering you, you can shoo it away with a little soil on your shirt.
‘The Conversation,’ a non-profit, independent media outlet which utilizes content sourced from scholarly and research communities, some time back led a survey the results of which affirm that spending time in the garden lifts one’s state of mind. This survey conducted with some 269 gardeners demonstrated that a significant dip in tension, anger, depression and other negative emotions takes place when a little time is spent in the garden. The study additionally maintained that people, who engage in regular gardening, experience a boost in their self-esteem too.
Various journals including ‘Psychology Today’ fortify this with results from other significant studies done in the same field.
So here, it gets out-and-out clear that popping a pill isn’t the only answer to a depressed life. A couple of hours spent in the sun amidst colorful butterflies, bugs and beautiful plants with flowers and leaves rustling in the wind are sufficient to make you feel emotionally light and better.
Even if you are not too much of a depressed soul and what bothers you is a little occasional anxiousness, you can use gardening to your advantage and calm your nerves. All you need is to spend some time fiddling with the plants in your garden and you will notice a sea change in how your body reacts to anxiety-causing situations. Gardening helps ease anxiety by keeping your mind hooked on the present. Quite obviously, when your mind isn’t constantly on that procrastinating mode, a ton of psychological issues get addressed, naturally.
Even individuals with uncontrolled anger can pacify themselves with the help of this amazing outdoor activity. All they need is to slash a few random branches off the trees, cut back pointlessly growing vines, pull out weeds and they can have their anger dead and buried. You may get as much destructive in your garden as you want but make sure the destructive mode you are on, doesn’t cause any damage to the plants in your garden, regardless of how furious you are.
So, clearly gardening is the panacea for all psychological sufferings. But have you ever wondered how gardening does all this? One of the most obvious ways in which gardening is able to support emotional well-being is by giving control. Pondering what control? It’s the control that you observe when you decide on the location of your garden, what plants grow in it, the time they get watered or the height of the soil beds. There are people in the world who feel overwhelmed or get depressed by the mere realization that nothing in their life is actually under their control. Having a garden in possession, where they can take care of the plants that they have grown on their own, offers them the control they, otherwise, find lacking in their life. This feeling of control boosts their confidence in an incredible way.
Besides, a couple of hours of sweat in the garden can bring to anyone a good night’s sleep.
You need more motivation to say ‘yes’ to gardening? Well, it cajoles you to work. When you do physical work, your body cortisol level plunges and feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine rise. As a result, you experience a feeling of well-being when you toil in the garden. And who would mind that one-to-one connection which gardening helps develop with the nature?
For individuals, who are new to gardening or are apprehensive about letting others know about their gardening spree, getting the campus walls raised remains the best alternative. This way, neighbors and passersby won’t get to see your work or its outcome.
Gardening, without a speck of doubt, is an awesome recreational activity and no, you won’t have to start big. Begin with a couple of hanging pots and you can gradually work your way up. Trust me! Reuniting with the nature is not just fun but also remedial in its truest sense.