With all the chaos throughout the world, gardening provides me a haven from all the noise. Digging and planting, holding the earth’s soil in my hands, brings me to a place of tranquility.
The fragrance and colors of the plants overwhelm my feelings of turmoil and create a sensation of peace that carries with me throughout the day.
The online medically reviewed article by Dan Brennan, MD – “How Gardening Affects Mental Health,” published by WebMD, states, “Gardening can make you feel more peaceful and content. Focusing your attention on the immediate tasks and details of gardening can reduce negative thoughts and feelings and can make you feel better in the moment. Just spending time around plants eases stress for many people. The sights, smells, and sounds of the garden are said to promote relaxation and reduce stress.”
Of course, all gardeners know this.
Writer: Tom Myrick