Traumatic and taxing experiences can happen to anyone. Each person has experienced trauma or anxiety in one way or another. You may have been bullied in school, or may be recovering from a toxic relationship. You may have the endless checklist running in your mind, are in the midst of your reset or are dealing with the stressors of modern life and are finding it complicated. However, it’s how these experiences have been processed and stored by the mind and body that often comes back to haunt some people.
The problem with trauma is that the cause is often overlooked. Some traumatic events in one’s life could be seen as superficial and small by others, but it could be a big deal to them. It could be because they’ve been under extreme stress for so long, or are physically unfit. Most of the time, only the symptom of the trauma is treated, such as depression, but not necessarily the cause.
Each day, more and more people realize that antidepressants are not their only option for better mental health. Apart from music and art therapy, these people are turning to nature and gardening as a way to help heal themselves and let go of past hurts.
Gardening as a Need
Gardening has been lately becoming a popular hobby, not to mention a source of income, among people living in the city. The drive to do it is more of a necessity, however, for most urban gardeners as new food sources in neighbourhoods, such as your typical corner store or grocery, are no longer enough to meet the demand, The Guardian reported last year.
The rise of gardening has also been attributed to people seeing it as a great tool to help with psychological issues and as a wellness activity. One farm cited in the article, for instance, has welcomed children with autism and developmental problems to its garden. The activity provides them with a chance to have fun and interact with fellow children, but also bond with their families and learn cooking and socializing skills.
Road to Recovery
Gardening can pave the way for you to detach yourself from your current state of mind. It can seem like a form of distraction, initially, until you’ve become comfortable with it. As you continue the habit of gardening, you’d find yourself slowly letting go of the past. Plants, after all, are proven to decrease physical and mental symptoms of stress and increase productivity and concentration, which explains why gardening can improve your quality of life.
If you have limited space in your backyard or apartment, consider using plant pots and containers. A wide variety of plants can grow on outdoor copper planters, such as succulents, shrubs, and perennial plants. This should give you no excuse to begin gardening and set out on a path to healing and better mental health.
Lastly, permit yourself to heal from your wounds. While you cannot change your past, you have the power within you to shape your present and future. Don’t let anyone, including your inner critic, tell you otherwise. Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once stated that anyone can only understand their lives backwards, but they must live forward.