There are several reasons, but the first reason is obvious. Gardening does help the mind.
Just think about it. Have you ever known someone who really enjoyed a gardening project? I don’t know anyone, but if you’ve ever met someone who had an active garden, they probably enjoyed the gardening hobby just as much as the gardener. If you’re like me, you enjoy gardening not only because it brings me a sense of pride in my garden, but also because it gives me a sense of fulfillment that I can take back and share with others.
Gardeners have been attuned to these feelings of pleasure for years, and this has always helped to enhance their mental health. A garden is a place to let go of stress and anxiety. It provides a place where a person can relax and take a breather. When you are in a garden, you can truly think about your life and what is important. You can’t do that in your head all the time.
Gardening is also about how much you take care of the things around you. When you watch or eat in a kitchen, you are not being as mindful of the surroundings as you are when you’re in the garden. Even if you’re in the garden when you have a cup of coffee, you’re still able to think more clearly. If you’re going to the supermarket, and you see something that needs fixing, you can’t stop to fix it unless you get in the car. In the garden, you can think about it and fix it, and just generally be more aware of the surrounding environment.
All these reasons lead me to my second reason, which is physical health. Those who do gardening get a lot of exercise. They need to work out their muscles every day, but gardening gets them into the habit of exercising.
You may think that gardening is about nothing more than working your plants into submission. Well, you’d be wrong. A gardening hobby can teach you many things, including how to take care of yourself, how to take care of those you love, and how to teach children to care for themselves.
Gardening can teach people how to give. We hear about social responsibility all the time, but the real meaning of that word goes beyond anything we will ever achieve in our lifetime.
When you care for the garden, you also take care of yourself. A garden is a great place to meditate. It’s like getting lost in nature, but instead of you discovering the mysteries of the universe through strange music and seeing stars and moons, you can look at the beauty in all the details and really listen to the rhythm.
To be a gardener, you need to pay attention to the details of the garden. Because you do all the work, you can really get into it. You can spend hours on end, only seeing the plant or tree, and not paying attention to all the other detail. You really have to tune into the flower, the sun, the ground, the other yard, and the city so that you can create the garden that will really be beautiful, even to you.
All these reasons, and many more, lead me to my third reason for why gardening is good for mental health. People with mental health problems often feel alone, and this is very frustrating. When you care for your garden, you not only take care of yourself, but of the plants and the trees and the flowers, too.
It is amazing how much these feelings of self-worth are brought out by a gardening hobby. Being able to maintain the garden is like having your own little, personal garden in your home, surrounded by plants that look as if they have just come from the garden.