With winter coming soon, those of who you live in areas that tend to have more clouds and darker weather, seasonal depression disorder, or SAD is a real threat. However, It’s not just seasonal depression disorder that’s affecting the population. Larger numbers of people are being diagnosed with depression every year and the drugs that are prescribed may not be helping. So what are the alternatives? Exercise and a healthy diet are common ways to rid yourself of the blues, but there’s more. If you’ve always wanted to start a garden, but can’t seem to find the time or the energy, you can add gardening to the list of ways to treat depression.
Get Your Exercise With Gardening
Those who garden report being happier than their non gardening counterparts. In addition, those that spend six hours a week or more tending to their nursery are happier than those who spend less time. The act of putting your hands in the soil, working with the earth, and watching the fruits of your labor grow before your eyes, can be attributed to a feeling of well-being. Researchers have found that when people exercise outdoors, you exercise harder, but think that it is easier than working out indoors. You may not think of gardening as a method of exercise, but when you are constantly getting up and down, pulling at weeds, and carrying large bags of potting soil; at the end of the day, your shoulders can definitely feel that you put in a good workout.
Serotonin and Dopamine
Research has been showing that when gardening and getting your hands dirty, it releases levels of serotonin, a natural antidepressant which also strengthens the immune system. Dirt is actually surprisingly good for us. Playing in the dirt as a child can help with illnesses such as allergies and asthma. Dopamine, as well as serotonin is released when gardening. After the long hours tending to the garden, when it’s finally time to harvest the fruit or vegetables, when the produce is picked, it releases dopamine. When you pick the first sweet strawberry or a bright green pepper, that high you get is a natural antidepressant. That act of gardening along with eating the organic produce that is grown from a garden, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.If you have never gardened before, it can be somewhat daunting getting into it. Knowing where and how to start is the first step. To get started, shop at Green Planet Naturals. We offer natural gardening supplies, potting soils and fertilizers to help you and your plants to flourish. Check out our blog page while you’re shopping and you’ll find a wide range of tips and ideas for your new garden. Our garden supply store will be your number one place to shop.