Modern life has become highly mechanical and most of our waking and even sleeping hours are spent amidst machines. The expanding urban borders have eaten up the forests and greenery of the earth. It is a well-known fact that the technical advancement has brought with itself many ailments like anxiety, depression and many ailments caused due to stress. In fact many experts are out there trying to teach people how to be stress free and happy. But in all the hype of the so called lifestyle coaches we forget the biggest coach – nature.
Going Back In Time
We cannot really go back in time and at least cannot immediately undo the harm caused by the mechanization of human life. However, we can definitely get respite from the constant humdrum and hectic running around, by spending some time with nature. While people spend exorbitant amounts of money to go to exotic places in order to be close with nature, you need to only go to your backyard to do so. Yes you can indulge in gardening in order to be close with nature. Most of you may have felt the positive effect of greenery on your mood and feelings. At the same time, tending to and watching plants grow has a therapeutic effect in itself.
The fact that gardening has healing properties is not just a belief but actually has roots in scientific research. There are certain healthy bacteria found in soil which are known to cause an increase in the secretion of serotonin in the body. These bacteria have the scientific name of Mycobacterium Vaccae. At the same time, serotonin as many people know is the hormone that regulates mood, improves memory, the immune system and social behavior. It is also a well known scientific fact that low serotonin levels are responsible for causing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. Hence it can be said that if you get your hands in the soil, it will stimulate the production of this hormone and will prevent these ailments and make you happier.