We have survived yet another Monday! Woot woot!
As usual, this Monday was h-e-c-t-i-c. The kiddies were all wound up from their weekend trips to Kings Dominion, Washington, DC, the beach and elsewhere. They were tired from playing all weekend, and I was tired, too.
I spent this weekend hanging out with my mom and dad. Saturday we planted her flower garden, and yesterday we (as in my mom and I) went for manicures and pedicures. Papa Bush is not down with pretty pampering 😉
After a long and hectic Monday, I decided to plant the flowers I bought while out this weekend with the madre. I found the whole planting process to be rather peaceful and relaxing. I enjoyed myself and felt less stressed after an hour of gardening.
I was not surprised to find this claim in an article about the health benefits of gardening.
“The benefits of gardening are not all in the body; they’re also in the mind. Tending your garden is a real stress buster, helping relieve feelings of anxiety and providing a break from the general rush of life. Because the work involved is mainly physical, gardeners have a chance to think about their concerns, meditate, or just spend a few hours daydreaming. They can also feel a sense of accomplishment in a job well done.” [Source]
I also had a lot of fun unwinding while I took these pictures with my very tiny, very
unprofessional Sony Cyber-Shot :
Not too shabby for a gardening newbie, huh? Now to see how long they live 😉
Here’s a very interesting article about Gardening Your Way to Peace.
And another from CBS Money Watch on the Grace of Gardening. This one is especially beautifully written.
I’m feeling pretty Zen right now, so I think I’ll forego the heart pumping, bone pounding adrenaline rush of a run and do some yoga instead.