5 Ways Your Health Can Benefit from Gardening

The garden can be one of the most relaxing and serene places we have. It is a haven that we can keep all to ourselves because no one really knows your plants like you do.

A stressful day can be remedied with an hour or two spent among the flowers, fruits, and vegetables that you are raising. “It’s something we all know but don’t really think about; gardening is good for your health” claims Sonny Cartright from Wonderful Wellies.

#1 It Gives Your Confidence

When the plant on your kitchen windowsill dies, it’s crushing. You wonder what went wrong, before inevitably realising that you probably forgot to water it for a week. The issue with the kitchen plant is that it doesn’t become part of your routine; it’s just there looking pretty.

Physically stepping outside into your garden will turn into a structured part of your life. As you tend to your plants more regularly, they will thrive, and your confidence will receive a well-deserved boost.

#2 It Keeps You Fit 

It’s good for your body. Even the simplest tasks are actually part of the exercise process, and they will help you to burn calories as well as strengthen the heart. It’s because you are keeping active as you potter between planters, mow the lawn, or pressure wash the patio.

There have even been studies to show that gardening can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, so why not take up the hobby?

#3 It Boosts Your Mood 

Just as spending time with your dog can increase feelings of happiness and reduce anxiety, so too can gardening. Being outside in the fresh air and among your plants can boost your mood exceptionally as it releases oxytocin and lowers the amount of cortisol in your body. Your mental health is just as important as physical, and since gardening does both, it’s a no-brainer. 

According to sober living company Real Deal, gardening has helped it’s residents boost their moods

#4 It Kills Stress  

What’s more relaxing than gardening? You make yourself a hot drink, slip on a sturdy pair of welly boots, and step outside to really get into the dirt with your hands. Most people use gloves, but there is something about digging with your hands that reconnects you with nature.

The soil contains a healthy bacterium that is known as M. vaccae, which increases the serotonin in your body. This is probably why digging by hand feels so good, but just walking in your garden exposes you to it. 

#5 It’s Good for Your Sleep

As gardening is considered to be gentle exercise or light activity, it has an impact on your energy levels. It’s the kind of activity that allows you to clear the mind and just focus on nothing for a little while.

This puts your brain into a more relaxed state, as well as taking some of the energy from your body. So, if you are having trouble sleeping, you may find that gardening is exactly what you need to get a restful night in bed, or maybe the hammock amongst your finest flowers. There are some wonderful benefits to sleeping outside!

 To Conclude

Hopefully, this has been able to show you just how beneficial gardening can be to your health. Whether mental or physical, there is a little bonus for you that can make your days a little brighter; or your life a little longer.

If you ever needed an excuse to finally open the door and do something with the land you currently call a garden, this should be a perfect motivation. Get out there, have fun, and create something incredible.

Amelia
 

Amelia Robinson is a lover of plants and gardens, as well as an educator on this topic. It’s her goal to make sure that you get the chance to learn what you need to about gardening to succeed with your own home garden at the blog RobinsonLovePlants.com. You’re not going to find just a collection of basic articles about gardening here. Instead, she wants to answer the difficult questions for you. She tweets at @robinsonplants

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