I’m sure someone out there uses gardening as a form of therapy and gets paid to do so. I know how therapeutic gardening can be, whether it takes place among the flowers or in a plot filled with veggies. I’ve always found gardening to be able to alter my outlook on life any time of the day. Here are 5 reasons gardening changes my mood.
5. Growing My Own Food Fascinates Me
Watching my little seeds grow into healthy fruit-producing plants fills me with tons of joy. No matter how many seeds I plant and how many times I get to see them sprout, this process never ceases to amaze me. It’s also very fulfilling to see a smile appear on someone’s face when they get handed a basket full of home-grown goodness.
4. Seeing Something I Made with My Own Two Hands Makes Me Smile
I tend to put a lot of thought into my garden plot each spring. I have to decide which plants go where and how I want the garden to look once everything is full-size. When it turns out like I planned it, I’m thrilled!
3. Pulling Weeds Helps to Release Stress
Being able to yank on weeds when I feel stressed out is really a great way to find a bit of release from the built up stress. I’m not a violent person, so I don’t think it’s the physical pulling of the weed that reduces stress. Instead, the monotony seems to help me calm down and almost forget what was making me stressed in the first place.
2. The Bright Flowers Boost My Spirits
My garden consists of more than a few types of flowers. I like to see a wide range of colors each time I stand in the garden and it seems like the butterflies enjoy the variety too. Watching the butterflies flit from blossom to blossom makes me smile every time.
1. I Can Relax by Myself
I love my family dearly, but there are times when I like to have a bit of peace and quiet too. Being alone doesn’t always make me feel lonely. I’m able to relax if I can focus on a specific task and not feel the need to make sure that everyone around me is happy or content.
The reasons listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. Haven’t you ever felt better after being in the garden? I’m sure you have and never really thought about it until now. What do you think is the reason gardening changes your mood? Please feel free to share your ideas!
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