Revealed: My Ultimate, Top Ranking Stress-Buster!

I come from a family of farmers, so gardening should be in my genes, but until recently my life was just too busy to “get dirty” in the garden.

Gardening takes time and I just had too much to do. Well, about a year ago, I had an ”aha-moment” and the light bulb finally went on. I said to myself…”That’s precisely the point – I need to get away from the stress of my daily schedule and gardening is great way to do that!”

I bought a few gardening books, basic gardening tools, visited my dad on his plantation more regularly for insider tips and inspiration on how to start a garden, and never looked back!

Whether you have a large backyard or a few containers on a patio, you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening too. It’s the ultimate stress-buster activity!

Did you know that more and more psychologists and physicians are prescribing gardening for stress therapy?

Gardening allows you to enjoy an activity that’s nurturing and gives back whatever you put into it. In our instant gratification world, gardening changes the importance of time. Plants don’t grow overnight.

During the growth time, plants need attention and depend on you to protect them from bugs and disease.

I spent the last 3 months researching information on identifying tomato plant problems and protecting my budding tomato plants from those dreaded tomato horn-worms. Tomato horn-worms are those large, slimy, green-grayish caterpillars that feed off of tomato fruits and plants.

Removing them manually each day was a chore I seldom looked forward to, but it had to be done to protect my prized tomato plants!

Gardening teaches patience that over-stressed, highly anxious people don’t seem to possess. If you’re facing burnout and stress from work or your personal life, I highly recommend gardening for stress relief.

Gardening is an activity that gets you outdoors and actually helps to lower your blood pressure. Gardening can also give you a safe place to take out your frustrations.

Mad at your co-worker? Imagine that face on every shrub you prune. Need to work out some anger? Pull weeds.

And if you really want to work out some emotions, get an ax and chop the dead branches into mulch.

In these ways, you get something constructive out of negative emotions.

Even if your thumb isn’t very green, you can set up a Zen rock garden surrounded with easy care plants in small containers. If you use small containers, you only stand to lose a small amount of plants at once. Then you replace the container and don’t have to dig in the dirt. That’s much easier and faster.

Another way to make your garden a peaceful place is to add a water feature. Local home improvement stores have kits with everything you need and classes on how to set up the fountain.

Even a small water feature on the patio can bring a sense of peace to your garden that you can’t even imagine. As you gain more gardening experience, you can try growing different types of plants.

Check with your local plant nursery for suggestions on what types of plants fit into the limits of your outdoor environment and within your skill-set. Gardening might just become addictive, it surely did for me.

I now share my fresh, home-grown tomatoes with family and friends, and I welcome the positive comments when people drive by and rave about my visually appealing tomato plants.

Gardening is a good addition to my lifestyle- one that diminishes my stress and provides tranquility. It’s at the top of my list of resolutions for stress relief which I intend to keep throughout the year! Gardening is hands-down my ultimate, top ranking stress buster!!

About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.


  1. Stephanie says:

    You know, I grew up gardening with my grandmother. She was the most care free person I’ve ever met. But when I got a little older – high school and beyond – I quit spending that time with her. Maybe gardening is what I need to do now that I’m living in the stressed-out grown up world. Your post is an inspiration. :)

    • Thanks for sharing Stephanie. I grew up in a gardening family too, but never really appreciated it. Fast forward 30+ years, and I now really value gardening as a great stress relief strategy. And my home-grown produce save me money and taste great too. win-win-win all round! :-) I highly recommend it.

  2. Emily Dillingham says:

    I’ve been meaning to get my garden going in our backyard. I really want a fountain of some type to go in with it. The sound of gurgling water is very peaceful.

    • Backyard water fountains can really add ambiance, peace and serenity to your backyard escape. Thanks for commenting and send us pictures when you get your garden going.

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