How gardening deal with stress and depression

Feeling depressed and under too much pressure? You’re not alone. Most of us have been there, some of us have successfully overcome it, while some are still coping and fighting against stress and depression.

It’s not easy dealing with it. It takes time, dedication, energy, and willingness. Most importantly, persistence. Persistence is the key to any success.

When things go bad, we usually seek professional help. Expensive psychologists and therapists have necessary skills to help you cope more efficiently with symptoms. However, fighting depression and stress all by yourself isn’t impossible. While there isn’t a magic wand that will cure your depression, and make all the symptoms disappear, there are things which can help.

One of those things is gardening. According to some reports and surveys, gardening can help beat depression. But keep in mind, every person is different. Some people would pick gardening; others would choose painting. It’s up to you to decide what makes you feel healthy and happy.

Firstly, gardening will keep your mind and body busy. It’s a great way to distract yourself from negative thoughts. Negative thinking is one of the leading cause of depression. Digging, mowing the lawn or planting can keep us occupied for hours. Even when we’re not actively working on something, our thoughts will be focused on our next move, occupation or plan. Also, different muscles are activated when you work in the garden. It’s significantly proven that regular exercise reduces symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression.

Secondly, being outside in nature has a great effect on mental health. Ecotherapy can be more effective than many other treatments. Exposure to the sun increases serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for maintaining our mood balance. Environment reduces stress, anger, and fear. Being in nature is calming and relaxing. Nature sounds, amazing colors, and beautiful landscapes rejuvenate your mind and body.

Moreover, you’ll eat food that you produced. Healthy vegetables and fruits are essential to healthy body and brain. Natural detox has proven to be a good strategy in fighting against depression. Some programs fight stress only naturally with nutrition. Green salad, spinach, beet, asparagus and black beans help ease anxiety and stress.

Also, gardening encourages creativity which can help you overcome depression. Creativity relieves stress, expands brain function and improves your mood. There are great DIY creative garden ideas for almost everyone. Feel free to explore how creative you are.

Gardening gives you a tremendous sense of satisfaction and happiness. You’ll love to show your friends and colleagues your latest garden project. Watching flowers bloom, vegetables and fruits grow will boost your confidence. You’ll be very proud of your hard work and garden accomplishments.

Finally, a flower is often used for treating anxiety and sadness. Some herbs and flowers release a heady scent that has a positive effect on our mood. Flowers like lavender, wild rose, borage flower, and mustard bring a positive vibe and make us feel relaxed and calm.

Don’t stay within four walls. The solution to your problem may be just outside of your house.


Mom of 3, keeper of mad collies and chickens, in search of lost perennial veg and into all thing permaculture. Writer, thinker and blogger. Maker of WordPress websites and internet geek.

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