Horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice. The therapeutic benefits of garden environments have been documented since ancient times. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and recognized as the “Father of American Psychiatry”, was first to document the positive effect working in the garden had on individuals with mental illness.
Gardening can help with depression, anxiety, and discharged veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Gardening therapy is beneficial to the healthy mind as long as you enjoy it.
A vegetable garden can teach a variation of self-sustainability.
A vegetable garden can be a form of community service by sharing your harvested crop with a neighbor, employee, friends, or anyone in the community.
Gardening can in turn lead to writing a journal, which can be another therapy in its-self. Keeping a journal specifically for your garden, year after year allows you to recall specifics to memory. For example: insect problems and solutions, weather problems and solutions, organic remedies for powdery mildew, what kind of pepper had the maximum yield, what pepper had the best flavor, etc.
Writing a journal can be useful for all daily activities. Over the course of 5, 7, and 10 years, the mind can enjoy the help of written notes when it comes to simple tasks of names and places. A journal can be used as entertainment to rewind your life and re-read it. Writing is another therapy in its-self and in today’s cell phone world, notes can be written quickly.
Gardening and writing help you cope with issues that may seem tremendous.
The process of expressing yourself through the variety of things you grow in your garden can be a learning experience that can reap rewards at harvest. Gardening can be practice that can be transferred to ones personal goals of self-improvement and achieving higher goals. Gardening can be a simple repetition of learning from your mistakes. Making less mistakes in life helps fine-tune your goals in life. The journal can help express any problems, edit your thoughts, and prepare or solve any issues that you may face.
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