Therapeutic Gardening

Or un-gardening as the case may be (aka weeding).

I’m sick :(. It’s just a cold, but I don’t get sick very often so I don’t take it well when I am. Gardening was a strong focus on my “list of things to do on my days off”, but the night before my days off started my cold came on and my list seemed all too hard. Today I thought I’d try to push through and do some much needed weeding. (I did attempt to shovel dirt out of my vegie boxes in preparation to move them but after one shovel full I decided I was too dizzy for that!).

It’s funny that gardening feels therapeutic, but I did feel a little better when I was out there. Probably more in my mind than in my body. That proud moment that I’m getting stuff done even though I feel like crap. But it’s more rewarding than pushing through to get housework done for example. Maybe just being outside makes it nicer. But when you think about it, it shouldn’t make you feel better. It was cold outside. My hands and knees got wet in the dirt. Everytime I stood up from my crouched weeding position I felt dizzy. And then it started raining! (I pulled the plug when the rain came but got a fair bit done). But the whole process was overall therapeutic.

Now to decide whether I’m well enough for my 12.5 hour shift tomorrow…

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