Can gardening help fight your mental blues?
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<p>Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown has brought stress and anxiety for many, but gardening can go a long in way keeping your <a href=https://www.editorji.com/story/5-tips-to-improve-your-mental-health-1605524515845 target=_blank>mental health</a> in check. There seems to be a new flourishing association between gardening more frequently and improvements in depression and mental well-being.</p> <p>The study from Britain’s Royal Horticulture Society surveyed more than 6,000 people, and results indicate that those who garden every day have well-being scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all. It was also observed that frequent gardening resulted in greater physical activity, which makes it good for both your body and mind.</p> <p>Spending time with plants and the entire process of cultivating and caring has several benefits. Researchers have found that <em>Mycobacterium vaccae</em>, a bacteria that lives in dirt, has proven to increase serotonin levels simply by inhaling the smell of fresh soil. A rise in serotonin can not only help ease the stress but will also help you relax and calm down. </p> <p><strong>Also Read: <a href=https://www.editorji.com/story/talking-about-mental-health-mental-illness-media-buddhi-boom-1622886854703 target=_blank>Talking about mental health & mental illness</a></strong></p> <p>Not everyone may have an extensive garden, but even a small corner with flower pots can leave you with an equal amount of satisfaction and happiness. Times may be uncertain but gardening might help you take a break from everyday stress and panic.</p>