Gardeners’ Inner World: Cultivating Mental Wellbeing

14 Aug 2023

Lessons learned from Moodscope over the months of Spring and Summer…

In the often tangled and tattered tapestry of life, our mental wellbeing serves as the delicate thread that weaves joy, resilience, and peace together – a cord of three mutually-supportive strands.  As mature people, we understand the significance of tending to our physical health, and it’s great that, here at Moodscope, we never forget the profound impact of nurturing our mental and emotional gardens.

In a similar way to a garden that requires attention and care, our minds flourish when we prioritise self-care.  We’ve begun many blogs by embracing self-compassion – speaking kindly to ourselves, just as we would to a dear friend. We acknowledge our strengths, celebrate our accomplishments, and grant ourselves permission to rest when needed – learning our limitations as times change.

Playing further with the Garden metaphor…

Mindfulness is the sunlight that feeds our mental soil.  Engaging in daily moments of ‘presence’ works wonders – savouring our morning coffee, relishing a stroll in nature (with a doggit if possible), or losing ourselves in the enchantment of book that captures the imagination and offers escape to another reality… especially in a candle-lit bath.   Mindfulness anchors us to the present, soothing worries of the past and anxieties of the future.

Cultivating connection through Moodscope is like tending to the blooming flowers in our garden.  We are learning to nurture the relationships that uplift us, whether it's through heartfelt conversations or shared activities. (And, frankly, to weed out the relationships that have become toxic or just demand too much energy and emotion.)  We owe it to our future selves to be surrounded by those who inspire our growth.

I know most of us are seeking balance in all aspects of life, just as we would find harmony in a garden's ecosystem.  When we can, we prioritise sleep, nourishing foods, and physical activity.  We engage in activities that ignite our passions – whether it's painting, dancing, or learning a new skill. These moments of joy are the fertiliser for our mental garden.

We know well that tending to our mental wellbeing is not a solitary journey.  We are learning to reach out for support when needed, whether from Moodscopers, friends, family, or a mental health professional.  Just as gardens flourish under the care of knowledgeable hands, our mental wellbeing thrives when nurtured by those who understand its importance.

Finally, in the symphony of life's experiences, our mental wellbeing forms the gentle melody that carries us through both stormy days and sunlit moments.  By tending to our inner garden with love, kindness, and intention, we gift ourselves the opportunity to blossom beautifully at every stage of life's journey.

Have a bloomin’ marvellous week.


A Moodscope member

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