“The extended lockdown and prolonged confinement was already affecting me emotionally and psychologically,” said Jem Dumlao, a human resources director for a shared services company in Alabang.
She shared on social media that she had an active and busy lifestyle prior to the imposition of the community quarantine. Now staying at home, the confinement has left Dumlao feeling unmotivated and discouraged.
However, she decided to do something against it and find a way to cope with the current situation. She first ventured into woodworking as a distraction but she saw that this would be challenging to do since most of the stores at the time were closed due to the community quarantine.
“I [then] decided to focus on building my garden. I have been wanting to do it since last year but was just so busy to start,” Dumlao said.
For the HR director, gardening detaches her from her worries and stress, and it also helps her overcome her longing for the outdoors and nature.
“This newfound motivation became my driving force to get out of the emotional rut I was in and I have not stopped since then,” she said.
A VERTICAL GARDEN IN A PERSONAL SPACE
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CANCER SURVIVOR CREDITS GARDENING WITH CONTRIBUTING TO RECOVERY
THE CRISIS that COVID-19 has brought to the world has made more individuals see the importance of nature and environment. But this is not a new trend. Many people have already realized the joys of tending plants and growing their own food even before the global health emergency has occurred.
CULTIVATING A FOOD FOREST: BOHOL PERMACULTURE FARM PRODUCES AWARD-WINNING TABLEA
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COUPLE WITH NO AGRICULTURE BACKGROUND DEVELOPED A FARM FOR RETIREMENT
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AFTER 30 YEARS, A FARMER NOW OWNS THREE GARDENS AND PROVIDES JOBS AMID CRISIS
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