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Sowing Into Your Mental Health and Wellness

Growing my own garden has always been one of my biggest dreams. Aside from the fact that it’s visually aesthetic, the thought of harvesting my own fruits and vegetables is just so satisfying. Like me, there are a lot of people who are also into gardening especially nowadays when we’re forced to stay at home because of the pandemic.

I’m pretty sure we’ve all thought of having a nice garden, but we know for a fact that keeping and maintaining it is a serious business. But you’ve got nothing to be afraid of, like everything else, it’s easy to learn how to take care your garden.

Aside from all of its glorious pros, did you know that gardening and planting have lots of benefits for your mental health, and wellness, too?

We find patience in the garden

There are a lot of things and processes you have to go through if you want a nice garden. You have to prepare your soil, plant the seeds, water your plants, etc. At the same time, you also need to know that each plant has its own needs. Some plants need more sunlight than the others, while some will die if you water them daily. These are some of the things you should take care of plus you also have to remove weeds and make sure pests won’t eat your plants.

Our gardens teach us patience. It shows us that in order to achieve something beautiful, you need to work hard for it.

Getting back to your roots

Our ancestors shed their blood, sweat, and tears into the soil. They worked so hard to plant and harvest their own food. If you think about it, gardening is like getting back to your roots. It’s very freeing and can be a place of peace for your mental health.

Even a small harvest is still a harvest

Gardening will make you realize how important it is to celebrate every small win.

Do you have a garden? How does it help you with your mental health? I had a great conversation about this topic with my friend Tinita. If you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s the link.

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