Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Health Benefits of Gardening for this Author of Zombie Fiction

by mrkalhoon  
One of the things I notice about authors is that they're stressed all the time.  They constantly worry  about sales and reviews and money.  Some of them relieve their stress through food, pills, alcohol or cigarettes.

Me?  I don't do any of that.  I'm a natural girl, and I've found the health benefits of gardening do wonders for me as an author.

I'm a creative person, and gardening is one of the top forms of artistic expression.  When I tend to my garden, my home benefits, but so do I.

It's very difficult for me to be unhappy when I'm in my garden.  I don't grow vegetables, but when I'm surrounded by my blossoms and greenery, a sense of calm comes over me.  I'm not a follower of organized religion, but I am spiritual.

As reported in CNN's "Why gardening is good for your health," "the sensory experience of  gardening 'allows people to connect to this primal state,' says James Jiler, the founder and executive director of Urban GreenWorks. 'A lot of people [understand] that experience. They may not be able to put it into words, but they understand what's happening.'"

And we all know that stress and depression go hand in hand.  What's a great way for me to deal with any occasional bouts of depression? Gardening.

"In a study conducted in Norway, people who had been diagnosed with depression, persistent low mood, or "bipolar II disorder" spent six hours a week growing flowers and vegetables.  After three months, half of the participants had experienced a measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. What's more, their mood continued to be better three months after the gardening program ended. "

The health benefits of gardening can help you as an author, as well.  So give it a try!

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2 comments:

Shannon Lawrence said...

I do enjoy gardening, and have been building up my plants indoors, as well, so I have them year-round. We had a severe hail storm recently, though, and it wiped out my green beans and lettuce. We've got a short growing season here in the foothills, so I'm going to re-plant just to do it, but I doubt I'll get my crops back in time. I can tell you now, losing half your garden does NOT help depression!

Jolie du Pre said...

Yes, I would be very depressed if I lost half my garden. We have a rose bush that got severely damaged after the very cold winter we had. But we got off the damaged parts, and the bush grew back! Good luck with your vegetable garden!