In the hustle and bustle of daily life, maintaining the garden can often seem like just one more chore on your list of to-dos. But, it’s important to remember that gardening is about so much more than having a backyard (or front yard!) that looks respectable. At its core, gardening allows us to connect to nature and develop an appreciation for our environment. So it’s no surprise that when we give ourselves the space to live in the moment, we can enjoy many therapeutic gardening benefits.
Let’s take a closer look:
Gardening lowers stress levels
Being in nature is soothing to us – the sounds, the scents, the feeling of life around us. So when you are present in the moment, just you and your garden, you’ll find your levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, are reduced and your mood improves, for better quality of life.
Gardening combats loneliness
Gardening connects you to other living things, like flora and fauna, but also the people you may garden with. It, therefore, encourages you to be less insular and reminds you that the world is larger than yourself.
If you have no one to garden with at home, you can visit a community garden for some social interaction and to improve your quality of life.
Gardening helps you sleep better
Fresh air, sunlight and the physical activity involved in gardening all contribute to tiring you out. When your excess energy is reduced, that means you can look forward to quality sleep that just doesn’t occur with a sedentary lifestyle.
Gardening provides fitness with a purpose
If you’re not a fan of the gym or working out for the sake of it, then it often helps to do physical activity that has another purpose driving it. Gardening is perfect for this. While gardening, you’ll inadvertently be increasing your strength, fine motor skills and offset the effects of our sedentary lifestyles, like repetitive strains from typing, for example.
So, with all these amazing therapeutic gardening benefits in mind, are you ready to approach your time in the backyard with a newfound sense of appreciation?
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