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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Garden Your Way to a Healthier Recovery

Did you know that digging in the dirt is a great activity to fend off symptoms of depression? This is partly because soil contains a harmless bacteria, called mycobacterium vaccae, which is touted for stimulating the production of mood-boosting serotonin. Mounting evidence also shows a direct link between depression and the time you spend outside.

What’s more, gardening can be a great mindfulness activity – keeping you in the moment and reinforcing the focus and patience crucial to long-term sobriety. Plus, it’s the perfect outlet for nurturing your creativity and your pride – just think how good you’ll feel about yourself when you harvest those juicy red tomatoes.

How Gardening Helps Your Body, Mind and Spirit
Here are some other study-proven health perks linked to toiling in the soil:
  • A better diet (especially if you grow a small fruit or veggie garden)
  • Improved mental health
  • Better sleep quality
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Increased levels of vitamin D
  • Less stress, anxiety and mental fatigue
  • Reduced risk of bone loss
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Greater ability to achieve goals
  • More self control
  • Healthier weight
  • Better immune system
  • Lowered heart rate
Why not give it a try? You don’t have to have a green thumb; just the ability to head outside, soak up the sun and start digging! Gardening is a great bonding activity to do with your loved ones, so if possible, make it a family affair.

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