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Why Gardening is Good for Your Mental Health

Incase you hadn’t realised, its Mental Health Awareness week so let’s finish the week on a positive high note by enjoying our gardens. Gardening is a great way to take time out and focus your mind away from negative thoughts and feelings.

Did you know that by simply reconnecting with nature and watching things grow can have a positive impact on our mental health and quality of life?

Gardening is an incredibly rewarding hobby. You can literally spend all day caring and nurturing plants, and you’re rewarded with flowers, new growth and even fresh produce for your efforts.

Whether you have a big garden, a little balcony or just a couple of beloved houseplants or hanging baskets, make sure you take some time this weekend to be with them, even if it’s just for your own well-being and mental health because gardening can help you with so much.

Alleviates Sad Emotions

If you ever find yourself feeling down or suffering from depression, getting into the garden can really turn things around. Studies show that just 30 minutes outside can do wonders for your mental health, so why not pop outside during your lunchtime and enjoy some al-fresco while the weather is nice.

Also, did you know that soil and sunshine trigger the release of serotonin? This is the hormone that stabilises your mood and increases positivity. On top of this, sunlight stimulates the production of melatonin, which helps us to balance our biological clocks and promotes a good night’s sleep. This means that doing a little gardening can bring health benefits very quickly.

Reduces Stress

We all experience stress and anxiety from time to time. But with a little sunshine outside and by gently pottering in the garden, even if it’s just to water the plants, can really brighten your mood.

In the process, take a moment to breathe in that lovely fresh air and soak up a little sun. Listen to the sounds around you and explore areas of your garden close up to see if there are any new residents, such as ladybirds, butterflies and bird nests. This can significantly enhance your overall mood, which will not only make you feel more relaxed but also help to increase your productivity afterwards.

Gives a Sense of Satisfaction

Looking after a garden is an enjoyable pastime but it’s also an important task. Without your love and care, your plants could wither away and the lawn will turn into a wilderness. People who look after their gardens on a daily basis often feel a sense of ownership and take great satisfaction from a job well done. To keep track of how well you’re doing, take a photo each day and refer back to them to see the progress.  

Why not have a go at making your own hanging basket? To read my post on on how to create a beautiful hanging basket. Click here.

Improves Memory

Studies have also shown that regular gardening sessions improve concentration and memory, which is great for your daily work as well as your personal life. Everyone wants to keep their mind sharp for years to come, so get into the garden and see how the flowers are doing.

Improves Your Surroundings

Your garden can create a beautiful space for you and your family to enjoy, why not bring the indoors outside and enjoy your open air space with beautiful outdoor ornaments, furniture and al-fresco dining. If you’re lucky enough to have your home office in a spot that looks out into the garden, you can also benefit from natural beauty whilst delivering work. If not, we recommend nurturing a few cuttings on your desk or filling a vase with some flowers that you grew yourself. That way, each morning you can wake up and smell the roses!

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