Gardening Is A Great Way To Reduce Stress

by Susan
on 06 January 2017

 

The day was wrapping up, only two more emails left to send. It was exactly 4:30 pm, that gave Jenny about 5 minutes to send them and get to her car to beat the daily rush hour traffic. Her fingers dance along the keyboard with ease as she finishes her final daily tasks. Then she rushes out of the office and heads to grab her son Joshua from school. 

Joshua was a handful, and Jenny’s husband Christopher worked late hours most of the week. This left Jenny stressed and exhausted from chasing Joshua around after work. She desperately longed for a way to spend her time that was productive and that Joshua could enjoy too. After a conversation with her friend Ashley, she realized that gardening could be a great solution to occupy her time, as well as reduce some of her stress from work. Plus, she already knows how much Joshua loves to play in the dirt. 

 

“I like gardening. It’s a place where I can find myself when I need to lose myself.” - Alice Sebold

Every gardener has experienced the calming effect from growing your own beautiful sanctuary of plants. Whether you are planting produce or simple botanicals, the act of gardening can bring you to a tranquil state. You don’t have to start with a large garden, though. In fact, you can reap many benefits of gardening even if you start small. Herbs, ivy, and succulents are a great place to start for first-time gardeners. Plus they can all be grown indoors, so you can even start your garden during the winter. 

 

“Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” - Alfred Austin

Modern science has even proven that gardening has stress relieving benefits. In fact, a Dutch study randomly chose 30 people to read for half an hour per day and another 30 people to garden for half an hour each day. While both groups saw a decrease in their cortisol levels, those who gardened actually had a significantly lower amount than those who read. Cortisol is a hormone often associated with stress. Increased cortisol levels have also been linked to obesity, memory problems, and even heart disease. So there is actual scientific proof that gardening can bring us to a more relaxed physical state.

 

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” - Robert Brault

Gardening is an excellent teacher, especially for young, curious minds. It doesn’t just teach virtues, such as patience and hard work. It also teaches children the importance of nature and even about the nutrients they consume. Unfortunately, there are some kids who can’t identify a large variety of produce even into their teen years. Learning about food and nutrition at a young age is vital to maintaining good lifelong health. Gardening also gives your child the opportunity to learn about this first hand, an opportunity not many children get these days. 

 

At Pefferlaw Peat, we believe that gardening is one of the most productive (and often fruitful) ways to relieve stress. We also believe it should be a vital part of Canadian youth education. This one of the many reasons we enjoy reaching out to our customers and their communities through events each year. For more information on the benefits of gardening and 2017 events that you can find us at, feel free to contact us today.  

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