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Gardening for Mental Health: Reducing Anxiety and Depression with Green Activities

Maybe Grandma told you to spend some time outside weeding to improve your mood, or constitution. If so, she wasn’t entirely wrong. Most of us would agree that the beauty of nature in full bloom is soothing and a stress-releaser. Many gardeners attest to the fact that handling flowers and earth is therapeutic. If so, it would certainly constitute an inexpensive way to combat anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress issues. The truth is that scientific data is on the side of the gardeners.

Seratonin and Dopamin are neurotransmitters in the human brain, dealing specifically with positive emotions, like joy, pleasure and satisfaction. While there are drugs designed to boost these neurotransmitters, it’s been shown that sunlight and dirt-digging accomplish the act, with no drugs, or side effects at all, unless you count the possibility of too much sun. And there’s sunscreen and glasses for that.

Key Takeaways:

  • Did you know time spent outdoors can bolster your mental health and decrease stress?
  • Gardening is a wonderful way to reap the benefits of spending time outdoors.
  • Sunlight, in general, is a proven way to stimulate serotonin in the body.

“Spending time outdoors is proven to help relieve stress and increase mental wellness.”

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