Gardening as a Stress Reliever
Today on the vlog we have Mady Strong, a nurse and gardener. She discusses how gardening provides exercise, vitamin D from the sun (which helps to absorb calcium, and aids in mental health by relieving stress), and allows for mindful time alone, which is a source of self care for many. Gardening decreases cortisol levels and boosts serotonin and dopamine which relieves stress and boosts mood. Like caring for patients as a nurse, Mady enjoys nurturing her plants from seeds to full grown. Sensory gardens are great for all people but especially helpful for those with sensory processing disorders. Mady is passionate about promoting gardening among her patients and the general public.
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