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Gardening as therapy

Saturday, 07 May 11 Cloudy 18°C / 64°F

I am fucking exhausted. Everyone at work has had a horrific couple of weeks (deaths in their immediate families, serious injuries) and consequently we are shorthanded and in general feeling quite low. And next week looks to be just as busy, if not more so. I genuinely don’t mind picking up some slack so people can take care of themselves and their families, but I am so, so tired.

It’s raining a bit though, and we desperately needed a little rain. And Ian has just made omelettes. So I’m going to enjoy a very lazy Saturday. Maybe so some online shopping, work on some knitting. Definitely start some courgette seeds (thanks fluffywelshsheep!) and put together some ornamental containers. Gardening is great therapy. One of my colleagues was talking about how hard it is for her to stop ruminating on some things at work, but once we started talking I realised that I am able to manage stress from other areas of life just because I garden. When my mind is racing after a busy day I refocus on what I need to accomplish in the garden and I stop worrying about things that didn’t get done at work or whatever. I slip into a better mental/emotional space where I am constantly creating and in control and connected to myself and my surroundings. It’s so good.

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  • fluffywelshsheep

    fluffywelshsheep wrote:

    Hiya , I find gardening relaxing too :) Nothing better than in the garden and listening to the noises of nature :)

    Posted on 07 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • angelchrome

    angelchrome wrote:

    I’ve known a couple of people who use it as part of a recovery plan for serious issues, which I think is pretty awesome.

    Posted on 07 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • Russell_G

    Russell_G wrote:

    I couldn’t agree more, the stresses of work and having 3 young children (8 weeks, 2½ and 7½) are all pushed to the back of my mind when out doing things in the garden. It only takes ½ hour out there to put things back into perspective and not seeming so bad or stressful. Great therapy!

    Posted on 07 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • rainymountain

    rainymountain wrote:

    Totally agree with you, I always gardened to relieve panic attacks. What is it about plants and soil? They seem to exude a calming aura.

    Posted on 08 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • WolfSilverOak

    WolfSilverOak wrote:

    Gardening is definately great therapy}:)

    Posted on 08 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:

    My work life has been pretty unpleasant lately, and I tend to obsess over it on the drive home, but after pulling into our driveway I get out of the car, start checking on the status of my gardens, making lists of garden projects that need to be done, pull a few weeds, water a bit, harvest and wash and toss the inedible parts in the compost pile, check out what’s living in there… and then I feel better and can go inside and be sane! Gardening is a productive and satisfying type of therapy, and in this climate it’s available year round! :)

    Posted on 14 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

  • angelchrome

    angelchrome wrote:

    I can’t wait to be in a proper garden again, ‘cause I think the physical labour of digging stuff up really helps too. I just focus on the work and tune out the nonsense. I love my container garden here, but I can’t wait to dig again.

    Posted on 14 May 11 (about 4 years ago)

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