Several studies have shown that gardening is linked to longer life. A 1988 study published in Activities, Adaptation & Aging asserts that gardening has numerous therapeutic benefits for the elderly.
Not only this, the emerging concept of ‘horticulture therapy’ is proving extremely beneficial for improving your overall health. This therapy focuses on engaging with nature for mental and physical rehabilitation.
It mediates emotional, cognitive and/or sensory motor functional improvement, increased social participation, health and well-being, and life satisfaction. A 2004 study in Pediatric Rehabilitation substantiates the effectiveness of horticulture therapy on your health.
Here are some of the numerous benefits that gardening provides.
The very sight and smell of flowers and plants promote relaxation and peace of mind. The sound of leaves and the aura in itself has a therapeutic effect, which brings you closer to a stress-free mind and later a blissful sleep.
The exposure to sunlight while gardening increases the secretion of serotonin (a natural antidepressant) and melatonin (the sleep hormone) in the brain, thus keeping the brain balanced, stress-free and inducing a healthy sleep cycle by maintaining the circadian rhythm (the brain’s internal biological clock).
In addition, gardening keeps your mind distracted from your problems for a while. It calls for deliberate mental focus on gardening actions that helps you forget or set aside your personal problems while engaging in the tasks.
In a 2005 report by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, researchers highlighted the effects of being in a garden or a natural space.
It was found that people who had access to a garden had significantly fewer stress occasions per year than people living in flats without a balcony.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Health Psychology asserts that gardening promotes neuroendocrine and affective restoration from stress.
It states that gardening leads to reduced levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the brain and infuses positive moods that promote relief from stress.