Reducing stresses through therapeutic gardening
A study, conducted by Dr. Anna Edwey in Sweden, examined the effect of being in a natural environment beneficial to people with symptoms of stress due to overwork. This syndrome is characteristic of the developed countries, where there is a situation of imbalance between life tasks and the internal resources available to a person to cope with these demands. People experiencing such an imbalance may develop physical and mental illnesses.
The study was conducted at a rehabilitation center, where therapeutic gardening was used as an auxiliary tool. Participants in the study were adults, who suffered from burnout due to an ongoing workload. As part of the rehabilitation process, participants had to choose a work environment for gardening activities, which were to be carried out with the care of a gardening therapist. The main conclusion was that the most significant environment for the participants was an environment that reminded them of their childhood landscape. The researcher compared the process of connecting a baby to his mother, a process of attachment to the natural landscape in which the person grows, and which is internalized within him and allows him to enter a state of calm under stress conditions. The rehabilitation process in the garden is supported, intensified and accelerated through a combination of other factors, such as: group work accompanied by a gardening therapist, which enables the regulation and selection of the appropriate balance between the needs and desires of each participant.Therapeutic gardening makes use of the innate closeness that most people feel to nature, and that being in an urban environment most of our lives prevents its realization in our busy daily routine. The gardening therapist allows a unique space outside the doors of the room to reconnect with the deep need to connect to the primary places within us. Reminds us every year of our connection to our inner and outer nature, and the potential for healing found in this connection