Did you know that people can actually benefit a lot from staying and working in the garden? Both mentally and physically actually. Here's how you will benefit from gardening in the long run.
Have you ever wondered why you feel so good while your feet are touching the grass? You somehow feel connected to mother nature and there is no way to describe that earthly feeling.
Improves Your Mood
When you feel like the world is turning upside down, or when you just need to take a breath without thinking of all the workload, gardening might help you out. Lately, a lot of studies have shown that those who spend time in a garden tend to feel less depressed and their anxiety level drops. No wonder that therapists often tell their patients to imagine that they’re touching the grass with their feet, towards achieving a state of mindfulness. It’s blissful!
If you are looking for ways to stimulate vitamin D, while you are out in that fresh air you will get exposed to sunlight, and you will indeed be sunkissed! Exposure to sunlight every once in a while is important for your strong bones and body. Gardening does this for you.
Sense of Satisfaction and Mindfulness
While you are watering your flowers, you can feel the fresh air coming from the garden (extra bonus that you’ll get fresh vegetables from there as well). While you see the progress of growth, you`ll also feel a sense of accomplishment. Seeing that the life and growth of your garden depend on you, gives one a sense of peace and wellbeing.
You might laugh at my story, but my grandma used to talk to all the flowers in the garden. Asking them questions of any kind. Did she get an answer? Well, that’s for my grandma to tell. However, when you are in the garden you’ll likely see the neighbors and you’ll have a chance to catch up with them.
Improves Your Immune System
As eye-pleasing as all the greenery and colorful flowers are, gardening tends to be a little messy. After all, you are touching the dirt, right? However, that might actually be good for you and your immune system. All that digging, harvesting, and the physical strength you use are just some of the benefits that the body earns. Somehow, you are becoming one with earth. This way you get empowered and feel connected and calm.
Now, if you feel convinced to get going with the digging, planting some seeds, and living in a healthier environment, you better roll up your sleeves immediately and get going while it is still summer.
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