Welcome to today’s edition of tips and techniques to reduce stress. You’re here because you or someone you know needs a bit of stress relief. We’ve had several articles with different ways to relieve stress already. If you’ve not read them yet, you should. Those articles contain a wealth of information to help reduce stress.
Today’s stress reliever is quite simple - GARDENING.
Now you might be thinking – gardening? Who has time to garden? My schedule is already full as it is. I’m looking for a way to reduce stress not add to it with another chore. You’re right and wrong. You’re right – your schedule is already full. And you’re wrong gardening will not add to your stress as you will see as you continue to read this article.
I am well aware that some of you live in apartments or condominiums or places where there may appear to be no space to garden. I am also aware that there are those of you who live in homes where they pay someone to do the gardening for you because you’re too busy to do it yourself.
Gardening is an activity that is tranquil and peaceful. It takes time and so it seems that you may not have time to do it. That’s just it. You are looking for a way to reduce stress in your life and gardening is a wonderful way to do just that. Its very tranquility as you get off the daily grind and attend to the plants helps reduce your stress. If you live in an apartment you can have some plants in containers and still enjoy the healing advantages and benefits of gardening.
Gardening has become a regularly recommended prescription as a form of stress therapy. Psychologists and physicians have recognized how therapeutic it is and are recommending it more and more to their patients.
We live in a world that is far removed from the world of our great-grandparents. Back then, the pace of life was much slower. Today we want what we want and we want it now. This type of mindset is what gets us feeling so stressed. Take a step away and enter a more peaceful world where you get a break from the stressful activities and relieve some of that stress.
When you are gardening time isn’t as important anymore. As the plant matures and grows they need attention and care. Their growth does not happen overnight. You get back from it whatever it is you put into it. You learn patience which it seems is a quality that people who are highly stressed lack.
So if you’re on the fast track to burnout and stress from your work or your personal life then look into gardening. Gardening will help you and give you a place to let go of all that stress. If you’re fortunate to be able to garden outdoors you’ll experience another stress reliever (hyperlink sunlight article) we’ve talked about before.
High blood pressure is many times a side effect of an extremely stressful life. Slowing down enough to garden will help lower your blood pressure as well. Two birds with one stone – pretty good in my humble opinion.
As you experience the therapeutic stress reducing benefits of gardening, you might just find that you’re addicted. It’s a good addiction though – which reduces your stress and improves your surroundings and your life.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
Stress Therapy - Gardening
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