Gardening and how it helps my mental health

Published on 26 August 2023 at 22:06

Hey, all. Well, today I finally got out to plant the new flowers we bought a few days ago. Suffering for it now but it was well worth it, both plants have gone in the border and should give it some nice colour. It defiantly wasn't an easy task if I'm honest, the digging I'd done the day we bought the flowers but still today it was needed to fill with some good quality soil and then plant. As well as that I added more soil to the rest of the border and the plants in the planters. Had a shower after and I have to say it wasn't easy to be fair, the pain and stiffness in both my legs and back as well as feeling very wobbly made me have to be very careful, after that had a nice nap on the sofa haha.

Gardening is one of the few hobbies that MS actually caused me to find, before diagnosis had no interest at all in it, but I'm so glad I found it. Being outside and concentrating on the plants, seeing them grow and looking at the rewards of the work that's put in is so, so satisfying. When I'm out in the garden I put my earpod in and just relax, try to forget the issues my body wants me to have and just enjoy the calmness that comes with it all. Yes it is hard and as I've said it hurts after, but, I'll take that if it means I'm doing something I enjoy. MS really has caused me some very dark times so far, as dark as them times have been and let's be fair will be now and then as well, I'm very determined to fight on and not lose who I am. I have previously reached out for help with my mental health and still waiting for that, but also if I can try and help myself with keeping myself as active as possible then that is what will happen.

Speak soon, friends.


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