Gardening is good for human health. More than a thousand years ago, doctors in Spain let mental patients work in the fields in contact with nature and found that they had a good soothing and therapeutic effect on the patients. Later this method was further developed in the UK and the foundation was laid. But it was not proposed as an independent discipline in the United States until the 1950s.
American scholars make patients who have undergone appendicitis surgery live in separate wards. Some of these wards have no green plants at all, some have some indoors, and some not only have green plants indoors, but also can see the beautiful garden green space through the windows. For patients who had undergone the same surgery and care, the last group had the fastest wound healing and suture removal. Why is gardening good for our body and mind?
1. Taking care of plants gives us a sense of responsibility.
Flowers in the garden always make people happy and these flowers will make you smile. Learning to care for plants is a great way to learn to care for and respect other life, and when children are young, caring for plants helps develop respect and appreciation for nature.
2. Gardening makes us all nurturers.
It doesn't matter how old we are, men or women, gardening emphasizes that we can all be nurturers. Gardening is a great balancer: Plants don't give those who care for them flowerless fruit, but for those with mental health issues, caring for flowers can help boost their self-esteem and improve their mental state.
3. Gardening connects us with other creatures in nature.
Together with plants, they can gently remind us that we are not the center of the universe. Taking care of plants can improve the mood of depression, help to avoid the occurrence of depression, and improve the situation of depression. Research as early as 2003 suggested that group gardening with a social nature could be beneficial for people in mental health units or prisons.
Because it is conducive to the improvement of collective skills and the realization of aspirations. Gardening can also help place vulnerable people in a quiet and peaceful environment, allowing them to feel safe while expanding their horizons.
4. Gardening can help us relax and let go.
Freud said: "Flowers are quiet, they have no emotion or conflict." Taking care of plants allows us to enjoy a carefree part of our lives indefinitely, and some gardening-related work (weeding, pruning, sowing, sweeping) can also lift our mood along with these movements.
When you encounter a bottleneck in your life and work, maybe you can grow flowers and water, and some good ideas and ideas will appear.
5. Plants make us release happy hormones.
Gardening is good for our physical and mental health, it can make us feel happy, and taking care of plants allows us to take a break from the stressful work life and relax.
When we are often focused on one thing, it can be easy to forget to rest. But when we're gardening, serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that make us feel happy, are elevated. You may feel exhausted taking care of these flowers, but these things can help you get rid of excess negative energy, allow you to sleep better, and finally feel at peace.
6. Gardening is the cycle of life.
Rituals can help us get through difficult emotions, including pain and grief. Gardening is a form of ritual involving the beginning and end of life.
It is no coincidence that we build gardens and mark the graves of our loved ones with roses and trees. By doing so, we give life a ritual of reincarnation, acknowledging that we came from dust and back to dust.
7. Gardening allows us to vent our anger.
Obviously, gardening doesn't all start when we're in a good mood, it has some healing properties that make us unleash our anger. Why do you hit a pillow with a baseball bat or kick something when you're angry?
Pruning, felling, and tying up a plant are also destructive, but the great thing about such destructiveness is that it will grow back.
8. Gain a sense of control.
Anxious people often feel overwhelmed, and gardening is also a great way to gain a sense of control. Trying to control people is always futile, but you can control your plants and make them the way you want them to be. It is also a fascinating experience of gardening.
9. Last but not least: Gardening is actually easy.
Gardening is the little thing that has the power to regulate emotions. But too many plants can make you panic as a novice. But don't worry, you don't have to have a big garden to do gardening, just a hanging basket or a few jars on a windowsill can lift your spirits.
Simple plants can give you an interesting life.