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Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives
July 2012


Summer is one of my favorite seasons when my spirit soars with the sun and my blooming garden. Nurturing my garden nurtures my mind, body and soul. And, it  reminds me that cultivating wellness is very much like cultivating a garden. It takes a whole lot of hard work, dedication, and willingness to live in harmony with nature.  


I wish you a wonderful summer and happy gardening!


Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS
Founder & President, ASHA International
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The Healing Power of Gardening



Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "All my hurts, my garden spade can heal." And, research indicates that gardening has numerous health benefits.    


According to Linda Wasmer Andrews, a  freelance writer who specializes in writing about health, psychology, and the mind/body connection, gardening can improve the beauty of your surroundings or put a bounty of vegetables on your plate. But it's also excellent therapy for your stressed-out mind. Below are four ways that gardening enhances mental health and overall well-being:

  • Stress Relief: Sowing Serenity
  • Nutrition: Growing Brain Food
  • Exercise: Cultivating Brain Health
  • Creativity: Painting with Plants

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Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS, is not a doctor, therapist or health care professional. She is a mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). The information shared in this E-mail is for general information purposes only and therefore not intended to replace the medical advice afforded by physicians or other healthcare professionals. 


In This Issue
The Healing Power of Gardening
Field for Hope
Real People, Real Recovery
About Us


Real People, Real Recovery
Profiles of Courage, Hope & Resilience

Cinda Johnson and Linea Johnson
Linea and Cinda Johnson
Last month, I had the privilege of attending the book reading of Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her  illness. Meeting the mother-daughter duo of authors, and listening to their family's gut-wrenching struggles with bipolar disorder and their triumphant journey to recovery, I was deeply inspired by their courage and resilience. I am currently reading the book and highly recommend it to any one who is affected by mental health issues, and those who care about them.



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