Tip 2 – Extract from “50 Tips to Beat Depression” available on Amazon
When you are depressed and the whole world can seem too much, sometimes just getting out in the garden and away from it all can help. Whether it is clearing a weedy corner or sitting in a tranquil place, inner calm can come from immersing oneself in nature. Sitting quietly in the garden can enable you to slow down and escape the rush and hurry, which may have contributed to your present condition. Studies have shown that gazing at greenery produces a rise in alpha wave activity, which indicates increased mental relaxation. Taking time to reflect is all part of the healing process. Tidying and pruning an overgrown garden can symbolically help us to create a sense of order, as we thin out and rid ourselves of the unwanted “overgrowth” in our lives, in the same way that watering and tending new seedlings can help us develop the nurturing aspects of ourselves. Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into a healing oasis by just adding a few pots and some greenery.
With best wishes, Steve
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