All posts tagged: Gardening as therapy

My gardening as therapy

I’ve had moderate ME/ CFS since 2004, and I’ve used gardening to support my mental and physical health, both before and since being diagnosed. Last summer, when I read the King’s Fund report published in May 2016 “Gardens for health, Implications for Policy and Practice” [1.] , commissioned The National Gardens Scheme, I immediately resonated with their argument that “The role of gardens, particularly public spaces and gardens, in health and wellbeing needs to be given greater recognition and integrated into wider approaches to public health and public services. Gardens should feature in devolution and place-based planning as part of a broad approach to improving health.” The report discusses how gardening might therapeutically be of benefit to children, the elderly, those with mental illness, dementia, disabilities and much more. I would also argue from direct long term experience that those who suffer up to moderate ME/CFS  [2.] may  be another key area where an appropriate level of gardening activity could be incredibly therapeutic for some. However, it is critical to ensure that potential post exertion malaise, the acute delayed exhaustion effect is very carefully managed. I have …