I simply have to quote from this article in the guardian.co.uk. It describes how growing some of your own food can have a restorative effect on mental health.
“Being part of the natural world, sowing, watering, weeding, pruning, harvesting and eating the plants helps to re-establish one’s individual connection with our planet, its seasons and rhythms. There is, too, enough light exercise to boost endorphin levels. The important thing about the exercise is that it can be taken at the patient’s own pace, without pressure from anyone else. It doesn’t matter if it’s an allotment or a grow bag and a few pots of herbs on a high rise balcony. It is the interaction that matters.
One of the primary causes of depression is loss of control. Out in the garden, far from the madding crowd, the patient is in control making decisions without interference from others. There is only one relationship and that is of the patient with Mother Nature and her healing life force.”
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