My Yard and Garden,  Self Care

Gardening As a Form of Self-Care

I love spending time in my garden daily, soaking in the beauty of the plants, weeding, and watering them. Gardening brings me peace and quiet and allows me to reflect or unwind. Sometimes, getting lost in the routine of caring for the plants is soothing. Appreciating the outdoors has been shown to impact mental health positively. I consider gardening as a form of self-care. Exposure to nature, soil, and sunlight can activate neurotransmitters that help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. I also love frequently visiting local greenhouses to buy more flowers and gardening supplies.

Participating in gardening can bring numerous benefits. One is the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and absorb vitamin D from the sun’s UV rays. In addition, it can provide you with a sense of purpose as you care for and watch your plants thrive due to your efforts. Tending to plants, for instance, can serve as a diversion from negative thoughts, and simply being in the garden can have an immediate calming effect. Engaging in activities that promote the production of dopamine and serotonin, such as hands-on tasks, can help alleviate depression. It also stimulates the brain as you learn new things.

Gardening as Self Care

Many physicians and mental health professionals suggest that those who suffer from depression take up a hobby. Gardening makes a great hobby. This may not cure depression, but it often provides a distraction during the darkest moments. Additionally, a hobby frequently inspires people to get out of bed and leave the house. These are reasons I consider the hobby of gardening as a form of self-care.

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