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Gardening on a psychiatric inpatient unit: Cultivating recovery

Published:October 05, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2018.10.001

      Highlights

      • Gardening stimulated reflective process whereby participants used the garden symbolically to gain insight into their illness
      • Exposure to nature and sensory stimulation provided calmness and a change of environment from the sterile hospital unit
      • Often resulted in descriptions of improved mood and pro-social behavior
      • Fostered a sense of community, belonging, shared purpose, and reduced isolation
      • Offered temporary distraction from unpleasant thoughts
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