Last week, I posted on my social media about the mental health benefits of plants, (click here in case you missed it), and a lot of you all plant lovers and plant parents. So I wanted to take the plant conversation a step further. How many of you are gardeners? You may be wondering, "what does gardening have to do with therapy or mental health?" Great question!
Growing up, my mom was ALWAYS in her garden. She planted everything from flowers to veggies. She would tell me how calming it was for her to have her hands in the dirt and watch what she planted grow. I didn't get it at first, but now, I totally understand that gardening was a form of self-care for her!
There are so many mental health benefits to be gained from gardening. Gardening is a great for of stress relief in that it an help reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Direct exposure to dirt and plants can help boost your immune system. Three hours of moderate gardening could equal one hour of a gym session; there is a direct link between physical health and mental health. Soil contains a natural antidepressant that can help make you happier. If you plant fruits and veggies in your garden, those healthy foods also boost your mental health. Also, there is a study that shows that daily gardening can reduce the risk of dementia. Growing and tending to a garden can improve your sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Gardening is also a great way to be part of a community. There are many garden clubs and neighborhood gardens in communities. If you have a fruit or veggie garden, the act of growing your own food can be empowering.
Looking for gardening tips or to connect with the gardening community? Click the links below:
Black Girls With Gardens
You Grow Girl
The Anxious Gardener
The Gangsta Gardener
The next time you are in your garden, think about how your mental health is improved each time!
Live, love, life!