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Green Therapy: 7 Ways Gardening Is a Must Try For Menopausal Women

a lush garden

Gardening isn't just about growing plants; it's literally what saved my perimenopausal sanity during the Pandemic. It is not just about sowing seeds and growing flowers; it's a powerful form of green therapy. As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month, let's talk about how digging into gardening can be healing. Mind you, I am far from a gardening pro, but I can go outside and get my salad fixings.

Why is nature so influential in our well-being? Connecting with nature can affect our mental health, helping to alleviate anxiety and depression. For menopausal women, the environment of a garden offers a natural escape from the stresses of daily life.

1. Reducing Stress with Soil

Did you know that the soil under your fingertips is a natural antidepressant? Soil contains microbes known as Mycobacterium vaccae, which have been shown to improve mood by increasing serotonin levels. It's like the earth itself is helping you heal, one handful of soil at a time.

2. Boosting Mood Through Floral Scents

The scents of various flowers, such as lavender and jasmine, have been used in aromatherapy to enhance emotional wellbeing. Planting a fragrant garden can serve as a natural mood booster, providing a sensory experience that combats the mood swings often associated with menopause.

"Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years"Unknown

3. Improving Physical Health

Gardening is a way to engage in physical exercise, important for maintaining health during menopause. Activities like digging, planting, and weeding provide cardiovascular benefits and help maintain flexibility and bone density.

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4. Enhancing Cognitive Function

Gardening requires planning and problem-solving, which keeps the brain engaged and sharp. This stimulation is crucial as it can help ward off age-related cognitive decline.

5. Reducing Stress through Connection with Nature

Being in touch with nature has a naturally calming effect on the mind. The sights, sounds, and smells of the garden can transport you to a state of mindfulness, helping to ease any menopausal anxiety and stress. This connection can act as a grounding practice, reminding you of the world's beauty and continuity.

6. Creating a Sense of Achievement

There's something incredibly satisfying about seeing the direct results of your labor. Gardening allows you to witness your efforts bloom literally, which can be a significant boost to your self-esteem and overall mental health.

7. Creative Expression

Gardening allows for creative expression, which can be therapeutic. Designing a garden layout, choosing plant varieties, and arranging plants are all creative decisions that can engage your mind and provide a distraction from menopausal symptoms.

Practical Tips to Get Started

Starting a garden can be as simple as planting herbs in small pots on a windowsill. Choose plants that are easy to maintain like tomatoes or herbs like peppermint.

Tailoring Your Garden to Your Needs

Customize your gardening activities to fit your physical capabilities and interests. Raised beds, ergonomic tools, and low-maintenance plants can make gardening more enjoyable and less strenuous.

Gardening is more than just a hobby; it's a form of therapy that offers numerous benefits. This Mental Health Awareness Month, why not take the opportunity to start your garden and experience the joys and benefits it brings?


What are the best plants for a beginner gardener?

Easy-to-grow plants like sunflowers, marigolds, and basil are great for starters.

How does gardening improve mental health?

Gardening helps reduce stress, improves mood, and provides a sense of accomplishment.

Can gardening help with menopause symptoms?

Yes, the physical activity and stress reduction associated with gardening can help alleviate some menopausal symptoms.

What if I don't have a lot of space for gardening?

Container gardening or participating in a community garden can be great alternatives.

Now It’s Your Turn… Have you tried gardening yet? Share your stories in the comments below or in our group Akanni Women on Facebook. Until next time....


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