The Spring Equinox by David Domoney
Posted by SANE
14th Mar 2018

The Spring Equinox and Positive Benefits of Gardening

The spring equinox this year falls on Tuesday 20th March – marking the start of some longer days and hopefully better weather. Spring is a positive month all round, and for me there is nothing more hopeful than the sight of daffodils nodding their happy yellow heads in the breeze, the sun warming your face and the scent of honeysuckle in the air.

Caring for plants and simply spending time outdoors has been proven time and time again to have an incredibly positive effect on our physical and mental well-being, helping to reduce stress and anxiety whilst increasing our affinity with the natural world.

Whilst the spring equinox marks a positive change in the garden, it can also mark an important change in the lives of those suffering with mental health issues – as longer daylight hours bring more opportunities to spend time outdoors. For some, gardening is just a hobby, but for others it can be a lifeline. It can offer a sense of purpose, pride and satisfaction. It can be a stress-free form of exercise, releasing endorphins that help us to feel good about ourselves. It can simply be the act of caring and taking responsibility for a living thing, that gives us a reason to get out of the house in the morning.

Community gardens are also a fantastic way to meet new people and tap into the social aspect of gardening, with many community groups acting as a fantastic support network for those suffering with mental health problems – so it’s easy to get involved with gardening even if you don’t have any outdoor space of your own. Head to for support and advice as well as some amazing prizes to be won for your community garden.

If you, or someone you know, is suffering with a mental illness, you might not know that gardening can offer the emotional and physical support that can help you to manage your illness and bring about positive change in your life.

So why not pick up a few plants today at the garden centre or find out about a community gardening group near you and use the opportunity of the spring equinox to see what benefits gardening can bring to you. Even something as small as owning a houseplant has been known to reduce anxiety so don’t be afraid to start small and work your way up to outdoor gardening.

As the weather improves and spring melts into summer, you’ll soon realise how rewarding it can be to care for plants and how therapeutic it can be to spend time outdoors in the natural world – giving your mind a well needed break from the stresses of modern life. Taming the wild and beautiful world of plants will help to put you back in control, which can be a small step towards and healthier and happier life.

By David Domoney

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