Have you ever been in a garden with your parents or grandparents…I’m sure those were some of the most beautiful memories of your childhood! The sight of a flower blooming and you dragging your company to go in the direction in which you want to go and then they narrating you some beautiful story. Thinking of that memory brings a big smile on your face! It sure was a happy place. In present you must be chasing deadlines and running fast to achieve your dreams and hardworking day and night but does all this match the kind of happiness that trip to the garden provided you? Think how much relief you will get in creating your own happy place!
Planting a beautiful garden can be a great way to relieve stress. Whether you have a small patio to decorate or a vast amount of space to tend, the act of making your particular stretch of nature into a haven can be a stress reliever in itself, and the garden that you create can bring you even more peace. Having your own green space and looking at the flowers blooming is a joyous feeling. No matter how much you have been stressed lately sipping a cup of your favorite beverage and sitting amongst the plants you planted will ease up your mind from anything. You don’t need therapy plants itself are the therapy…. don’t believe me? Ask any psychiatrist they’ll explain to you the purpose of plants in one’s life and probably that is the reason why a psychiatrist always has plenty of plants in his office. There are several benefits to gardening that can minimize stress. Here are a few reasons that gardening is a fantastic stress buster.
SUNLIGHT: Gardening exposes you to fresh air and sunlight. Sunlight helps to improves mood and helps the brain remain calm. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin ae associated with a higher risk of major depression with seasonal pattern. Sun’s benefits are not just limited to fighting depression it helps in building strong bones as sun provides human body with Vitamin D which plays a big role in bone health. A moderate amount of sunlight actually has preventive benefits for cancer. Sunlight also prevents many skin conditions also like psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, acne etc.
MEDITATION: If you have seen Aisha, you must have seen Sonam Kapoor was upset over and she focused on gardening. I’m not narrating the story I’m just trying to point out to the fact that gardening is just like medication as it requires a lot of attention and hence one can always introspect and get a wider perspective over the things that are bothering you. As I already mentioned that gardening will give you a break from the busy schedule you have. Also, greenery attracts birds and nothing can be more peaceful than sitting in a green space, with colorful flowers, a cup of tea and sound of birds chirping.
A CLOSER LOOK AT LIFE: Plants are living being sure they don’t speak but they show every sign that they are alive and makes you happy with their presence. Gardening involves physical work which helps to keep you physically healthy but it also involves mental and emotional involvement. Growing trees or plants and seeing them grow up is just like looking at a child grow up. When the plant is all grown, you’ll feel a sense of proud of yourself as you helped a living being grow up! You have given that plant all your love and care and now it is standing tall and you should be proud of that. Gardening helps in changing the perception of life, it motivates us to dream more and chase them just like you started from a small seed and now have surrounded yourself with greenery and made yourself a bit of personalized green heaven. Gardening helps us in shifting our focus away from daily anxiety and stress.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE: Being in touch with nature and the great outdoors can help you feel more removed from the stressors of daily life. With the amount of time we spend indoors like at work or watching TV or Netflix and chilling, many people feel an urge to connect with nature that goes unfulfilled. While you may not have the time to go camping or take a nature’s hike each day, having your piece of nature right outside your back door can help you feel some of this connection.
CREATING BEAUTY: The beauty of nature is a great stress buster in itself. Having your own bit of beauty available as a place for mediation, contemplation and relaxation can provide quite a bit of relief from stress. It’ll all part of making your home a haven from stress. The beautiful flowers and the green leaves can be your own personal space of beauty. You can create your own Romeo – Juliet type balcony or garden or if you are a Bollywood fan you can create Ram-Leela type balcony, sure you cannot have peacocks but at least you can have all the colors to get a feel.