There is nothing like walking in a park on a cool spring morning. The sunlight filters through the trees, a breeze passes across your face, and you feel this sense of contentment. All is well. You feel your stress roll of your back as if a massive weight has been removed. That is what being outdoors does for us. So it is surprising that many more of us don’t practice gardening at home creating our own piece of paradise. It does not matter if your garden is in the country, or on a high rise rooftop, gardening lowers our stress levels which in turn lowers our blood pressure.
Gardening lowers stress just by being exposed to nature. For example, being in the sunlight has been shown to raise serotonin levels in our brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in our brain that increases our sense of wellbeing. It also increases our melatonin, the hormone responsible for us getting a great night’s sleep.
Through deliberate mental focus and meditating on the actions of gardening, we are taking time to set aside our problems for a while. We all know it’s healthy to take a break from our stressors and gardening provides that outlet for a lot of people.
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Finally gardening also helps you connect with your surroundings. If you are gardening alone it can help you reconnect with yourself, while gardening with a spouse allows you quality time to work together. The whole idea is creating a space for yourself and others that is stress free. Myself when I work in the garden the smell of the rich earth in my hands gives a sense of contentment. Especially if your are growing from seeds you sow, the miracle that occurs in the ground from seed to plant still fills me will wonder.
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