Just think dirt is the new Prozac!Yes, creating a garden on your city lot can help with depression + anxiety. There is scientific proof that it heals our mind! It is obvious to those of us that work + grow plants or spend time outdoors that we feel better, but now we have scientific evidence that it really does happen! It is not a figment of your imagination.
“The results so far suggest that simply inhaling M. vaccae—you get a dose just by taking a walk in the wild or rooting around in the garden—could help elicit a jolly state of mind. “You can also ingest mycobacteria either through water sources or through eating plants—lettuce that you pick from the garden, or carrots,” Lowry says.
Here is the article- Is Dirt the New Prozac
Before I was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, I started suffering from panic attacks about 4 months before my official diagnosis. My first attack was when my husband and I were grocery shopping at a local store with our kids. I had never suffered from an attack prior to that first attack. It started with this terrible feeling I was going to die right there if I did not get out of that store right away! It was not a general frustration with hating shopping, which I do, but a feeling I was going to die right there in the store! I left the store immediately and waited for my family in the car.
Where did this come from was my first thought! It was a terrifying experience, and if you have never had one, then you can’t possibly understand how crippling it makes you feel and how it affects everything you do in life from that point on since you live in fear that you might have one again. It is depressing! It is a vicious cycle because you start avoiding the places you have attacks. I remember hearing about this happening to friends + I never gave it much thought after our discussion. I felt genuine compassion for them, but I never knew what they were going through. I do now! It is real to them + they are not faking it + sometimes they can’t control it.
Over the years, I have tried many things to deal with stress + anxiety, but the best medicine for me was when I started my urban potager 10 years ago. It made me happy to be digging in the dirt + spending time out in nature. My urban oasis keeps evolving each year + I have found that it heals my body, but this winter has been a challenge. We started an early winter in October and it does not seem to be letting us get our cole crops out in the soil.
The past few months I have been feeling a bit stressed inside, but as I started growing many of my annuals + perennials from seed since January I noticed my mood was changing! It got me thinking about the research that I have read about how working with soil will “lift your spirits”. My hands are in the soil daily which explains my mood change + seeing all that green instead of white is pretty uplifting! The first day of spring for our zone 5 area is March 20th just when I will be putting out all my spring cole crop annuals + perennials! If you are feeling a bit down get some seed + start your own annuals inside it will make you feel a lot better!