Gardening – The Stress Buster for Busy People

Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of every day life? Do you need a place to get away from it all and activity that can take your mind off of all of the trials and tribulations you are facing? Then gardening can be the perfect activity for you! Gardening is a guaranteed way to get rid of a lot of the stress you are carrying around at a given time – many people claim that gardening is the only way they can shake off all of the dust from a bad day or even a bad week. If you need some way to decompress and get rid of the stress, consider adding gardening to your schedule.

Just why does gardening help soothe the troubled soul so much? There are lots of good reasons why gardening offers such stress relief. One thing that gardening offers is lots of time outside in the sunshine. Doctors are becoming more and more convinced that sunlight is crucial to feeling happy and healthy – and yes, stress free. Some people even suffer from a condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder that comes from a lack of sun. This disorder presents itself as depression and anxiety. Even if you don’t have to deal with that particular disorder, sunshine is a natural remedy for a lot of life’s little ills. The vitamin D in sunlight gives your immune system a boost and may even be linked to the releases of feel good chemicals in your brain. When you are outside under the sun toiling away in your garden, you’ve giving your body the tools it needs to get rid of the stress naturally.

Another reason gardening is so helpful for dealing with stress also has to do with being outside. Simply getting back in touch with the natural world can help many people feel more grounded. So much of life these days is spent indoors staring at a computer screen or in a car rushing from place to place. Shaking off all of these artificial environments and getting back to the “real world” can be a grounding experience that can help you get your priorities in check.  When you are sitting outside, working in nature, you can get a sense of perspective on all of your problems – you know that your little garden and piece of the natural world will always be there no matter how your problems turn out, and that little bit of continuity can help give you some peace in a stressful life.

The act of planting a garden is a bona fide stress buster as well. When you are planting your garden, you are actively creating your own haven and oasis from the pressures of your daily life. The work of planting the garden will make you feel like you are taking control of your feelings and providing yourself with the tools you need to cope with life. Plus, when your garden is complete, you will be able to revel in your accomplishment. 

Of course, like anything else, the garden can become stressful in and of itself if you let it. Remember, the key here is that your garden is supposed to be a stress reliever. Don’t but pressure on yourself to design a garden straight out of the pages of a magazine. A simple garden that you can easily enjoy is the goal. Don’t make it a chore. If you can’t tend to it one weekend, or you don’t feel like it, don’t. Keep your garden a stress free haven so you will always have some place to go when life feels a little overwhelming.

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