Green Therapy Otherwise Known as Gardening
Spring is well and truly here.
It’s a lovely time to get out and work in the garden. Gardening has so many positive effects on your mental well being – Being outside lifts your mood.
You get a chance to soak up that beautiful vitamin D, which is great for your bones.
Horticulture is Healing
You know how I always bang on about exercise, gardening is a fabulous way to exercise without thinking you’re exercising.
Some of the health benefits are:
- Building your self esteem
- It makes you feel great to accomplish and grow beautiful plants or food to nourish you.
- It’s good for your heart.
- It’s a cardio workout.
- Reduces stress – You get to focus on something other than the stress of your daily life.
- It makes you happy. There’s a healthy bacteria that lives in the soil, which can increase your serotonin level and reduce anxiety.
- Improves hand strength using all the tools that help you in the garden.
- It’s good for family bonding. Getting the family involved is not only fun, but it helps the kids with reducing allergies to auto immune diseases.
- Sunlight is the best source for vitamin D. It is good for your bones because it increases your calcium levels. Remember to put on your sunscreen.
- If you grow your own herb, fruits and vegetables, you know there are no pesticides being used.
My lockdown garden
I’ve always loved my garden, but I’d let it slide a bit and not made time for it. The weeds were getting more noticeable by the day, and I didn’t really put the love into it that I previously had when locked down happened. I noticed how neglected my garden was. It made me realise how busy I’d made my life. So every morning I’d wake up and head into my garden, and pull weeds and move plants around to see if they’d do better in a different spot. And I loved it.
My plants took off, and the garden was filled with colour.
It gives me great joy to go into my garden now. I love making a cuppa and sitting down to see the beauty I’ve created. I now have butterflies, bees, lizards and all sorts of tiny insects living in my garden.
I know this helped me through lockdown and was very beneficial for my mental health. And it continues to do so.
What you can do now
- Make time in your day to tend or plant in your garden.
- Have hydration on hand.
- Garden early morning or late in the evening.
- Have a vision of your garden prioritise what you want to do, and how much you want to spend.
- Have patience and trust the process.
Watch your garden and listen to what it has to say to you. What does it want? Tend to your garden, every day.
“Remember to plan to garden is to believe in tomorrow” a quote by Audrey Hepburn (one of my favourite actresses).
Whether you have a small balcony garden, an inside pot plant or a backyard garden, it’s all beauty and beneficial to your health and wellbeing.
Let me know how you go.