Nature itself has been known to have many healing qualities. Everyone can benefit from gardening. A recent study conducted by Bakker Spalding has found that 88% of people find that mental wellbeing is a key benefit for spending time in the garden.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate-intensity level activity for 2.5 hours each week can reduce the risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death.
The benefits of gardening for people with serious or obstinate mental health problems, regular participation in gardening or formal horticultural therapy, can:
· Contribute to better social interactions and community unity.
· Lessen the amount of episodes of stress, and the severity of stress and associated depression.
· Reduce dependence on medication, and self-harming behavior, whilst also improving alertness, cognitive abilities and social skills.
· Alleviate symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, such as agitation and aggressive behavior, which can in turn improve circumstances for caregivers.
· Help people manage the pain connected with mentally challenging circumstances, such as making the end of life more peaceful, sociable and enjoyable for hospice patients.
There are so many benefits and healing cultures associated with reveling in the outdoors and by growing a vibrant garden while also getting a great deal of exercise accomplished in the process as well.
Before you start gardening this season, make sure your tetanus vaccination is up to date. Tetanus lives within the soil and enters the body through the breaks in the skin. Because gardeners use sharp tools, dig in the dirt, and handle plants with sharp points, they are particularly prone to tetanus infections. Tetanus attacks through any break in the skin, like a cut, scrape, or burn. To tetanus broken or raw skin looks like a huge door open wide. Unlike many other infectors, tetanus does not have the ability to jump from one person to another. Check with your health care provider to see if you need any other vaccinations
Change your thoughts and you change your world.