Did you know that certain hospitals in the United States are investing a lot of money in landscaping? Now, you may be scratching you head and wondering out loud, “What does landscaping have to do with people recovering from cancer, the advanced stages of diabetes, heart conditions, the whole nine yards?”
If you’re going through some sort of horrendous health emergency or you’re trying to overcome one or you’re just trying to get out of one, the last thing that you would probably have in your mind is your surroundings.
Most people, in your mind, probably wouldn’t care about whether flowers are opening up in the garden, or the exact color combination of the garden, or how well it’s designed. But according to recent research, the surroundings of a patient actually has a very big role to play in how quickly that person recovers or whether they recover at all.
Just by looking at the actual experiences of patients that are trying to recover, in very cluttered, completely internal and dark hospital rooms, the recovery rates were actually quite low compared to those who were treated to a lot of sunlight, a lot of space and, most importantly, beautiful flowers and vegetation.
This effect becomes even more drastically visible when such patients were actually wheeled around the garden. They can touch the flowers, smell them, and otherwise lose themselves in the calm, serenity and harmony that only a garden can bring to one’s mind.
Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to have some sort of Victorian-era, highly manicured garden to achieve this effect. By simply having a few plants around or in your backyard and allowing yourself to look through the window and enjoy the sunlight and contemplate the vegetation, you might be putting yourself on the path to greater and faster recovery.
It’s all scientific. There’s tremendous evidence to back this up. This is not speculation, this is not guesswork. This is real. Indeed, in hospital-based studies, recovery times as well as self-reported and objectively measured accounts of well-being were positively impacted by subjects’ backgrounds and settings. This should not be a surprise. Indeed, how you think and what you choose to think about can be greatly impacted by whatever is going on around you.
If you surround yourself with toxic people and toxic deadlines, don’t be surprised if you are stressed out. Even if you are not working, if there is just too much hustle and bustle and worrying around you, you can’t help but take it all in. All of it sinks in at one level or other. We are, after all, sentient and sensitive beings. We might like to block things out but somehow someway it all seeps in. Why not beat stress to the punch and intentionally go to less stressful settings?
Leaming’s Run gardens offers such a setting. It is conveniently and strategically located so you get all the calm and relaxation the countryside has to offer but you’re a highway away from all the action. Quick, easy, accessible, and oh so relaxing, a great garden can definitely transport you away from your worries.