חובבי גנים אומרים לעיתים קרובות שגינון הוא טיפול, וההערכה עשויה להיות נכונה מכפי שאתה חושב. גינון משפר את הבריאות הגופנית ומייצר ממתקים טבעיים ביתיים מזינים, אך היתרונות הטיפולים שלו משתרעים מעבר לכך. מרגיעה והקלה במצבי לחץ ועד לתכניות פורמליות המכוונות מטפלים, רווחה נפשית ורגשית מקבלים תגבולות מבורכות לאורך שביל הגן .1
שוב ושוב מחקרים מגלים שלגינון השפעה חיובית על בריאותנו הנפשית, אז בואו ונבדוק מה זה שגורם לגננות להיות כה מרפאות.
- Plant care gives a sense of responsibility.
I remember my mom giving me a little space in our garden to tend. I must have been about five. I planted it in stones and planted oblivion flowers and 'poached eggs' flowers that still make me smile.
Having to care for plants is a good way to learn to care for and respect other living things and when we are small it helps develop an appreciation for the magic of nature.
- Gardening allows us all to be cultivators.
No matter if we are seven or seventy, male, female or transgender, gardening emphasizes that we are all nurturing. Horticulture is a great equalizer: Plants do not give a fig that treats them and those with mental health problems that can contribute to such transformative activities can help boost self-esteem.
- Gardening keeps us connected to other living things.
Gardening can serve as a gentle reminder to us that we are not the center of the universe. Self-absorption can contribute to depression, and focusing on the outdoors outdoors – even in the detached patio form – can encourage us to be less isolated.
Even before 2003, the study concluded that for people in mental health and prison units, the social nature of group gardening is beneficial because it concentrates on collective skills and aspirations rather than individual symptoms and deficiencies. However, digging and delving into a walled or gated wall also helps keep people vulnerable at the boundaries both verbal and metaphorical, allowing them to feel safe at the same time as they are expanding their horizons.
- Gardening helps us relax and let go.
For many, the tranquility of gardening is not due to its social aspect, but vice versa. It allows us to get away from other people. 'Relaxed flowers to look at. They have no feelings or conflict, 'Freud said. Plant Care allows us to connect to a worry-free part of ourselves without annoying deadlines, mortgages or colleagues.
Furthermore, the rhythmic nature of many horticultural tasks – weeding, trimming, sowing, sweeping – allows thoughts to flow and flow along with our movements. I often take watering the plants on my patio as I try to untie the knots in plots or characterization that can arise when writing a novel, and too many times the solution comes to me far easier than if I sit staring and despairing of a screen. The thoughts competing in my head are somehow clear and settled, and ideas that are barely formed make skin and tendons.
- Working in nature releases happy hormones.
To say that gardening encourages us to exercise and spend time outdoors may seem to be a matter of course, but it is worth reminding ourselves that what is good for the body is also good for consciousness. When I am deeply immersed in writing it may be too easy to forget, but when we activate levels of serotonin and dopamine (hormones that make us feel good) rise and the level of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) is lowered. True, meeting in the garden can be tiring, but it can also get rid of excess energy so that they sleep better and eventually feel a renewal inside.
- Being between plants and flowers reminds us to live in the present moment.
As I explain in my little book on anxiety, "When we release the rumor about the past or worry about the future and instead focus on the here and now, the anxiety diminishes." So one of the best ways to calm the psyche and raise the mood is to be more 'present'. Next time you are in kindergarten, pause for a few moments and allow yourself to be aware of your senses.
listen. to touch. smell. See.
Only a short time to experience the fullness of nature like this can be very restorative.
- Gardening reminds us of the cycle of life, and thus fits in with the most universal anxieties: death.
Technical rituals can help us work through difficult emotions, including grief, and gardening is a type of ritual that involves both giving life and acknowledging their end; It is symbolic of renewal. It is no coincidence that we create memorial gardens and mark the ashes and scattered graves of our loved ones with roses, bushes and trees; By this we recognize that from the dust we all come and dust we return.
- Some aspects of gardening allow us to vent anger and aggression …
Obviously, then, horticulture is not all about sweetness and ht ht: Nature has its dark side, too. In a similar vein, part of the therapeutic power of gardening is that it allows us to release our anger and aggression, as well as provide an opportunity to cultivate. Why hit a baseball bat or scream a cat when you have a fence to break through? I admit that there are times when I enjoy cutting and chopping and swimming and tying as much as possible, if not more, seed and feeding and watering, and the great thing about garden ruin is that it has to do with renewal and growth too – if you don't cut the plants, your space will be replaced by them.
- … While others allow us to feel in control.
Similarly, anxious people often feel overwhelmed, and gardening can be a good way to gain a sense of control. Furthermore, while trying to control other people is always a fruitless exercise, you are more likely to be able to control your beds and boundaries, which can make gardening a particularly satisfying experience.
- Last but not least, easy gardening.
When it comes to growing things, with all its healing power, the plant world can feel intimidating to outsiders. If you are new to gardening you may be concerned that you will not have 'green fingers' and here, as with all new ventures: starting small is key.
You don't need a meadow-sized garden to enjoy gardening; You don't even need a patio my size (upstairs).
Only one hanging basket or pots along the window sill can lift the spirits every time you look at them, and if you are tied to cash, why not recycle an old container like a sieve or ice cream carton?
I also recommend looking for dishes that say 'ideal for kids' – who cares if you left school years ago? Nestorium is a good bet, as are sweet peas, or if you can find a piece of land that gets sun, try sowing sunflowers or poppies directly to the ground. This is the perfect time of year to get planting and gardening is far more lucrative than many other types of care, so why not grow yourself better by meeting Mother Nature today?