Sometimes the happiness is sucked out of your life and you are searching for that tiny bit of hope to get it back.
Everything was perfectly alright in my life: nice husband, loving family and a gorgeous kid. But I was down in the dumps. Being content was my forte, but I did not know where I had lost it. It had been awhile since I had felt happy at my core if you know what I mean.
Coincidently, my aunt(seemingly my guardian angel) happened to give me a few plants cause she was renovating. And wow! I was in. I had become a balcony gardener. First, I ordered more plants online. Then I read descriptions of various plants and plant care day and night. I caught myself daydreaming about how I was going to turn my balconies into little green abodes of heaven. Railing planters to creepers, flowering patterns to plant diseases topped my google search. I saw greenery everywhere.
Then, I went to Lalbagh and fell in love (translate to bought even more plants: some succulents & vegetable seeds). I enjoyed getting my hands in the dirt and sometimes worked till my back hurt. And I spammed my family and FB groups with photos of little saplings and flowers that emerged from my garden.
When you nurture a garden, it nurtures you right back.
The result? I started feeling happy again & I figured it was because I was doing something(not just being stuck). I had found a hobby, an interest, an addiction. And it brought the meaning back into my life. I thought it was miraculous until I came across this study. Research says that Serotonin and Dopamine levels, which basically prevent depression, increases with working with dirt & harvesting. Dopamine is also related to addiction(so I wasn’t imagining that either).
Self-care is an important ‘work’ that women should do(which many do not give importance to). This year, the theme of World Health Day (7th April, 2017) was Let’s Talk: Depression. So if you are depressed, do consider getting yourself some plants. Because it was one of the things that got me out of the depths of it.
Did you think I was going to spare you from looking at at least a few of my babies? No chance.
These are my spider lilies the first time it bloomed, 8 months after I brought the plant home.
My saplings & herbs all together.
An activity my son & I did together, re-potting a succulent into a glass jar.
My first tomtoms…
And when those Aphids attacked my lovely basil plant. Wheeeew…
Yay! so glad I got my first week of AtoZChallenge done! See you all next week.