Study finds a connection between reduced stress, anxiety and depression by gardening and participating outdoors

A recent study published in the HortTechnology journal has found that “gardeners have lower levels of self-reported depression, anxiety, and stress when compared with those who did not identify themselves as gardeners.” [1]

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The research was undertaken by researchers at Texas State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Mount Olive. The study was undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic with “the purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of gardening and outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic on perceptions of hope and hopelessness and levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.”[1]. The study included 458 participants who completed a Depression Anxiety and

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