When I began my journey in gardening I was very ill of health. Now, after many years of gardening and greening my life by living more sustainably, I feel wonderful. It is possible to achieve a lot of your health and de-stressing goals by gardening.
There’s a woman who lives in my suburban neighborhood who has changed her life for the better by gardening. She has stopped smoking.
Her name is Kathy and she has overcome many burdens in life and has made a lot of personal sacrifices for her family. Kathy’s left the excuses regarding the difficult aspects of her life on the couch in front of the television and has gotten out and turned gardening to her advantage. It has helped her stop smoking.
Smoking is a very difficult thing to overcome and Kathy wants to be healthy. Her reward for quitting has been that for every penny she used to spend on cigarettes, she now spends on gardening. Her yard is a beautiful example of love and good health. “Chippy”, my little yard-chipmunk, crosses the street to visit Kathy’s house every morning. Nature is testifying to Kathy’s achievement!
Kathy’s gardening choice now allows her to get out regularly and bend, lift, and dig. She breathes fresh air instead of smoke and gets serotonin exposure by being in the daylight. Over the last year I have seen Kathy’s strength improve and her yard turn into an Eden. Kathy smiles more, and is getting healthier because of her garden and her desire to stop smoking. How wonderful is that?
Using gardening as a tool to improve health is a great thing to do. Why not plan to make 2010 your year to get healthy? Start now by planning out the gardens you will build and the money you will save.
Please get off that couch, stop making excuses, stop complaining, and start applying a positive attitude to unhealthy habits you have in your life. Use Kathy as inspiration. It is not about perfection – there is no such thing. However, getting outside more often is certainly about feeling better. Do you know your neighbors? Perhaps you can make a positive difference for your neighborhood. Have your neighbors and friends help you and you help them in return. If you live in an apartment or condo, help the community with community gardening projects.
If Kathy can use gardening to stop smoking, and I can use gardening to improve my health, then the future is rife with possibilities; you can do it too.
Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community!