Gardening improves mental health

Working in garden helps a human being to improve his or her mental health and quality of life, while walking in the garden for 10-15 minute helps to feel relaxed. They will bond with nature by listening to birdsounds, observing flora and fauna around them. This helps their senses to get stimulated and reduces their stress, depression and anxiety. Recently I read this blog which was interesting and it showed me the magic of nature.

“Horticultural therapy engenders the person on the receiving end of care to become a caretaker themselves, a transformative and life-altering process,” said John Beirne, horticultural therapist at NewBridge, which has an Enrich garden of ornamental plants. “It’s the process of using nature, plants and gardening as a structured and goal-driven vehicle toward wellness. Plants help people heal! Clients also develop skills that are transferable to the workplace, including responsibility, cooperation and follow-through.”

Some 40 clients planted squash, eggplant, tomatoes, beans, corn, lettuce, pepper, cabbage, and more at the Morris County Park Commission’s (MCPC) Community Garden last spring and have reaped the rewards over the summer and into the fall. The vegetable garden was the brainchild of Robin Coley, peer liaison and a self-help specialist for integrated case management services at MHAMC.

“There were 30 people at the first meeting,” she said. “Everybody was so interested. The program started in similar fashion to any grassroots project, building upon itself.”

Jokes and shared time have not only grown vegetables, but also friendships. Additionally, the garden has elicited true dedication of the participants. One consumer in particular took it upon himself to tend the garden more frequently on Mondays. He said to Coley that while others went to the beach, he got to visit the garden and cool off with the water hose. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity.

Beirne noted, “The clients are learning life skills and an appreciation for contributing to their community. We encouraged clients to eat some of the vegetables from the organic and chemical-free garden. Many of them came back and said they had never tasted such good vegetables!”

Isn’t it magical to see how plants provide a sense of connection to life and how a garden produces pleasant experiences and helps to remove negative thoughts like the pain one has due to troubling disabilities.

ArtyPlantz is conducting workshops and one to one consultation on  Horticultural Therapy for various diseases and conditions. If you want to know about more send a mail to karthik@artyplantz.com or give a call at 8762679127

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