If you’re the outdoorsy type and need to engage in a peaceful activity that will occupy any space in your brain that feels unsettled or out-of-balance,  I encourage you to indulge in horticultural therapy.

Gardening is a relaxing, nurturing, and highly effective therapeutic process. It’s soothing to have independent interaction with the restorative elements of nature. A lot of us know that plants have healing properties, but accompanying their magical work are whispers in the wind, and the aesthetics and scent of the petals (in my case, geraniums and gardenias). A serene combination of carefully picked plants creates an ambiance for uplifting. So, make that trip to the nursery, grab some terracotta pots, garden tools, and fresh flowers and spend the day tending to your terrace, garden, patio, or yard.

Whether it’s potting new plants, refreshing soil, or sowing seeds, gardening is exercise. The serotonin and dopamine levels increase while simultaneously decreasing stress. Serotonin, a chemical released by nerve cells, is considered a mood stabilizer. It helps reduce depression and heal psychological wounds. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control emotional responses and the brain’s pleasure centers. Gardening helps regulate anxiety, too. It also encourages creative thinking which is a very important factor in everyday life. You will become light and airy, but at the same time feel rooted, and as a result, you can direct yourself more fluidly through your thoughts.

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