Gardening has always been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. It was passed on to me from my mom in my early childhood years. It brings me to a place where my mind is relaxed and my spirit is uplifted from the visual satisfaction of the surroundings. Gardening not only brings tranquility and satisfaction, but it also sustains health and provides therapeutic benefits.
Studies show that some of the benefits of gardening are:
• It lowers cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Elevated levels have been linked to immune dysfunction, obesity, poor memory, learning problems, and heart disease.
• It reduces the risks of heart attacks and strokes by up to 30% for adults 60 and over. Being exposed to the sun while gardening for 10 minutes provides vitamin D – which reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and various cancers. For stroke patients, it helps to develop strength and mobility.
• You are working all the major muscle groups: legs, buttocks, arms, shoulders, neck, back, and abdomen.
Don’t be afraid to get your fingers dirty! It turns out that “friendly” soil bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae, which is common in garden dirt, helps to alleviate the symptoms of asthma, allergies, and depression.
My goal is to inspire all of our caregivers and clients to get engaged in this beneficial habit of gardening. You can get started with a planter on the patio, a flower bed, a vegetable patch, or a community garden. The benefits will enrich the life of your clients as well as your own.
We want to encourage all caregivers to take part in the contest for the best visually, harmonious patio planter, flower bed, vegetable patch, or community garden created by you or with your client, and win a $100 Visa gift card!