In today's technology based world, where does one go to find peace and tranquility?
Well the answer to that would be outside in nature!
Just what the doctor ordered is right outside your door winter, spring, summer or fall, put on your coat and walking shoes and you are on your way to improved health and well-being.
Being in the horticulture industry lends us to have ample time in nature, but are we paying attention to the health benefits the green industry has to offer?
Think of yourself as an ecotherapist for your clientele. We provide beautiful plant material for their landscapes and outdoor living areas. The plants provide beauty, clean air, visual stimulation and food for the wildlife and people as well.
Our mental health strongly relies on what our senses are experiencing. Feelings of anger, sadness, confusion or frustration can be suppressed when you include nature in the equation. Ecotherapy has become a very common practice in the mental health field today, one that our industry should embrace. Who knew that going into the horticulture industry could actually be considered therapeutic? So the next time you are planting roses on a job site, take some time to smell them too and reap the healthy benefits.
These next few paragraphs are taken from an article in Psychology today written by Steve Taylor Ph.D.
Why does nature have this effect on us?
...But the main reason why nature can heal and transform us, I believe, is because of its calming and mind-quieting effect. In nature, our minds process a lot less information than normal, and they don't wear themselves out by concentrating. And most importantly, the beauty and majesty of nature acts a little like a mantra in meditation, slowing down the normal 'thought-chatter' which runs chaotically through our minds. As a result, an inner stillness and energy fills us, generating a glow of being and intensifying our perceptions.
So the next time you feel depressed or frustrated, don't choose retail therapy or mood-altering medication - put on your walking boots and try ecotherapy instead. You may not just get a boost of well-being, but an awakening experience as well.
If you are intrigued to read more about ecotherapy, click on this link and dig into the world of ecotherapy.
For more information on plants and our health, Click on this link to another great article about why plants are more than just pretty.
HAPPY PLANNING AND PLANTING