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Horticultural Therapy Activities Reduce Stress

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Horticultural therapy is an emerging practice in India conducted in small pockets. In this paper we focused on determining the importance of Horticultural Therapy activities in stress reduction, improved productivity and increased self-confidence. The session was conducted with a group of employees ranging from 22 to 50 years (n = 21; male = 11, female = 10). We used the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) to measure levels of depression and stress. Participants with higher stress and anxiety were uplifted by the different gardening and related activities. All activities aided in reducing the stress and tension, and boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence in the work place, which encourage more interaction among family members and other relations. The corporate employees showed improved productivity by relieving stress through the gardening activities. Participants were a lot more relaxed and able to use creativity and focus for complex problem solving. From our study it is clear that the human emotional system is highly correlated with Nature. Senses becoming easily open and sharp when they where in a plant rich area. In this study we concluded that Horticultural Therapy activities could make significant impact on people who are suffering with stress, tension, depression and anxiety. Keywords Horticultural Therapy, Human emotional system, Gardening activities
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