Many of us have been taking advantage of the warm weather in lockdown by spending more time in our gardens connecting to nature and relaxing. Green spaces are linked to better social and mental health.
Gardens offer a peaceful space with restorative qualities which is great for our mental health. There’s nothing better than sitting out in the fresh air listening to the birds and escaping the stress of everyday life. Here are a few reasons why gardening is good for our mental health.
What is Therapeutic Gardening?
Taking part in gardening activities is often used as a therapy for people struggling with their mental health to help boost their wellbeing while promoting physical, social and emotional health.
Whether you are lucky enough to have a large lawn, courtyard or just a balcony, any garden space can be used as a private haven, a place of relaxation and gentle exercise.
What are the emotional benefits?
Gardening distracts us from the worries of daily life, helping to relieve stress and anxiety. The achievement of growing your own flowers or vegetables is important for mental health as it boosts our self-esteem.
How does it make us feel?
Gardening is a form of exercise which as we all know is good for our physical and mental health. Exercise releases those happy, feel-good endorphins which promote good mental health.
A party for our senses
Gardens unlock our senses as they are full of sights, sounds and smells. Natural sensory experiences have been shown to boost our wellbeing and colourful gardens are great for our mental health.
Vibrant reds, yellows and oranges make us feel happy and energised, while greens, purples and blues help us to feel relaxed.
Helps to maintain a routine
Fitting gardening into your daily routine will help structure your day and gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Setting aside 20-30 minutes each day to tend to your plants, pulling up weeds or mowing the lawn encourages you to go outside for fresh air and incorporates exercise at the same time.
Check out our blog to find out the importance of routine for mental health.
Improves our diet
Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is one of the best ways to improve your health, but growing your own is even better. Nothing beats the taste of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, especially the satisfaction knowing you can go outside and pick them yourself, plus it’s good for the environment!
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