International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Psychology Science | India | Volume 7 Issue 5, May 2018 | Rating: 6.4 / 10

Horticultural Therapy Activities Reduce Stress Levels: Lessons from Activities Conducted For Adults in Bangalore

V. Karthikeyan | Radha Eswar

Abstract: Horticultural therapy is an emerging practice in India which is conducted in small pockets. In this paper we focus on determining the importance of horticultural therapy activities in stress reduction, improved productivity and increased self-confidence. The session studied for this purpose was conducted with a group of corporate employees between the ages 22 to 50 (n = 21, male = 11, female = 10). We used the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) to measure levels of depression and stress and another scale for measuring stress at work place. Participants with high stress and anxiety felt happier after gardening and other plant-related activities. All activities aided in reducing stress and tension, and in boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence in the work place. This in turn, encouraged better interaction among family members and friends post work. Participants creativity and focus improved leading them to solve complex problems. From our study it is clear, that human beings are happier at work and home when they connect to Nature. Senses get sharpened when they are in a plant-rich area. In this study we present that horticultural therapy activities could significantly impact people who are suffering from stress, tension, depression and anxiety.

Keywords: horticultural therapy, human emotional system, gardening activities

Edition: Volume 7 Issue 5, May 2018,

Pages: 1042 - 1045

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