Benefits of horticulture therapy

Many people suffering from anxiety or depression have found gardening and caring for plants to be incredibly beneficial.

By   |  Rushmie S.  |  Published: 27th May 2021  5:12 pm

Horticulture therapy is used to enhance an individual’s well-being through active or passive involvement in plant and plant-related activities. Even something as simple as having a plant on your desk can reduce stress and make you feel more energized and able to think more clearly.

Many people suffering from anxiety or depression have found gardening and caring for plants to be incredibly beneficial. How can it help us? Gardening fosters a sense of grounding which helps us reconnect with our roots as human beings.

People who get involved in gardening often experience a deeper sense of belonging and connection with nature. All tasks related to gardening (like digging, pruning, or weeding) force us to focus on the task at hand and in doing so we’re more likely to stay in the present and put aside our worries, even if it is only temporarily.

Gardening therapy also helps us to find a sense of purpose as there is a sense of pride and validation in choosing the plants, herbs, and flowers that make you feel happy, isn’t it? Most importantly, gardening therapy helps you to keep in shape as it involves a lot of physical exercises and so is also a form of physical therapy. This is a very accessible activity that requires little investment: if you have a balcony, a window sill, or even hanging space in your home, you can start gardening and experience a boost in happiness and well-being.

Rushmie S.

Mother Teacher

Delhi Public School, Nacharam


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