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Planting A Garden To Relieve Stress

It’s spring!  The trees, grass and flowers are in full bloom! The bursts of colour, new fragrances in the air, the sounds of birds chirping, and the longer days activates the senses and energizes the body becoming active and feeling alive!

Naturally, we begin to feel more relaxed and let go of stressors that confine us throughout the year.

Bringing a gentle, patient, and kind-hearted awareness to your automatic patterns of reacting to stress can transform your coping mechanisms. Stress is an ongoing part of our lives and how we relate to it can offer us choices to how we want to respond. Stress doesn’t go away, it’s always around.

Connecting with your body sensations is a clue to know how you are feeling. Connecting to your breath helps center your thoughts and body sensations.

Bringing this attention into the present moment, centering and observing the sensations and thoughts coming and going, releases that automatic stress response to react. As humans we are wired to react from danger to protect ourselves, the fight or flight response. Its the chronic stress that we live with unknowingly that cahllenges us.

With mindful awareness you become aware of your reactivity, thus creating a safe space with moments of observation before reacting occurs. This awareness can help you make more skillful choices in your experiences and relationships.

Connecting with nature and a planting a garden is a great way to begin a mindful practice.

Now, it’s a perfect time to plant a garden of herbs and vegetables because there’s nothing like eating fresh food that you pick right from your garden to the plate.

Plant a variety of herbs like parsley, chives, basil, rosemary, and thyme. Add a variety of lettuces, kales, chards, peppers and tomatoes. You can plant in a pot or in the ground depending on the space you have.

Here are a few to consider:

Add lemon or orange zest to it and you have Gremolata garnish!

There is a chocolate mint plant that smells amazing!

Treat your herbs like a bouquet of flowers. Place in a glass or vase of water and store in the fridge!

Rani Glick is a Mindful Nutrition Specialist bringing awareness about body and brain health for those living with stress or chronic illness. The mindfulness based stress reduction eight-week program is also available for the workplace. To book a consultation or find out more about Rani.