Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Getting Dirty Is the Antidote to Depression

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Getting Dirty Is the Antidote to Depression

Article excerpt

NOW IS the perfect time to get out into the garden and start planting, particularly if you're suffering from depression.

According to a 2010 Dutch study by Agnes E Van Den Berg and Mariette H.G Custers, gardening can lower cortisol levels and improve people's moods. These findings provided the first experimental evidence that gardening can promote relief from acute stress.

Stress and the consistently high cortisol levels that come with it can affect your immune system, your ability to learn, you heart health and your weight.

Unlike other forms of exercise gardening also comes with bonus side effects - namely a nice garden, somewhere to relax, and a fresh source of food and flowers.

In addition to this, gardening also provides you with ample Vitamin D and can reportedly reduce your risk of dementia by between 36% and 47%.

Environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich demonstrated that gazing at a garden can sometimes speed healing from surgery, infections and other ailments. …

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