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  • Writer's pictureValerie Petry

Garden Therapy: How Gardening Can Enhance Your Spring Self-care Routine

Last November when visiting my hometown, I received two little pieces of Pathos (Ivy) from my aunt. I bottled them and watched them sprout in my bedroom windowsill. I absolutely love them. Then for Xmas I bought a potted Pathos. It was on sale at Kroger, and recently I propagated it to bottles as well. I want to eventually plant some tomato and bell pepper plants, but I'm waiting for the last frost to take place before I do so. In my research, because I do not have a natural green thumb, I realized just how much gardening affects our everyday lives, and can add value to your Self-care routine.

Gardening can significantly enhance your spring self-care routine in various ways:

  • Connection with Nature: Spending time outdoors in a garden allows you to connect with nature. Being surrounded by greenery, flowers, and fresh air can have a calming and grounding effect, reducing stress and anxiety.

  • Physical Activity: Gardening involves physical activities such as digging, planting, weeding, and watering. These activities provide a moderate form of exercise, which can improve your physical health and fitness levels.

  • Mindfulness Practice: Gardening requires focus and attention to detail. Engaging in gardening activities can help you practice mindfulness by staying present in the moment, observing the growth of plants, and being aware of your surroundings.

  • Stress Reduction: Gardening has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, the stress hormone, in the body. The act of tending to plants and watching them grow can promote relaxation and a sense of accomplishment, leading to decreased stress levels.

  • Connection with Food: If you're growing fruits, vegetables, or herbs, gardening allows you to develop a deeper connection with the food you eat. Harvesting your own produce and incorporating it into your meals can enhance your appreciation for fresh, wholesome foods.

  • Creative Expression: Gardening provides an opportunity for creative expression through design, arrangement, and landscaping. Planning and arranging plants in your garden can be a form of artistic expression and self-expression.

  • Sensory Stimulation: Gardening engages all five senses – sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. The vibrant colors of flowers, the scent of herbs, the texture of soil, the taste of freshly picked fruits or vegetables, and the sound of birds chirping can stimulate your senses and promote overall wellbeing.

  • Community Engagement: Gardening can be a social activity that fosters connections with others in your community. Participating in community gardens or sharing gardening tips with neighbors can create a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

  • Environmental Impact: Gardening promotes environmental stewardship by encouraging sustainable practices such as composting, water conservation, and organic gardening techniques. Taking care of the environment can contribute to a sense of purpose and fulfillment.

I want to get some purple Hearts of Paradise. It is said that they are good for keeping the air in your home fresh and stabilized. They are also purple, my favorite color {smile}. Here are a few photos of the babies I have now.

Incorporating gardening into your spring self-care routine can provide numerous physical, mental, emotional, and social benefits, ultimately enhancing your overall wellbeing and quality of life. Do you garden or have plants? Share with me your favorites!

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