GARDENING & THERAPY | DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER

November 20th, 2014

Taking an active part in the work of a garden can be enjoyable and therapeutic. Gardening can be used as a way of calming ones mind, after a long stressful week at the office. There is something peaceful about a garden, almost an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Do you have a garden that distresses you after a hectic day/week?

I recently read an article, Here’s how to reap mental, physical rewards of gardening, written by Shel Sheehan-Bernard. This article explains the psychological, physical and social benefits gained from gardening. Research began to confirm that gardening as a method for therapy is growing in popularity. In a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), American adults reported on average that their stress level was higher than they believed to be healthy. Gardening provided an opportunity for the mind to relax and shut down the internal computer—your brain.

Anyone can benefit from nature-based therapy, just take it step by step. Container gardens are recommended for beginners, and many plants thrive in containers. Start your garden today, and see if you feel renewed inside!

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