This week is Mental Health Awareness week. We wanted to point out how important it is being in your garden and the benefits that can help us all when dealing with our mental health issues/struggles.
The main benefits are:
1. Stress relief – one of the main benefits of gardening for mental health is its ability to relieve stress.
2. Break from screens! – gardening also provides a welcome break from our increasingly tech-dominated lives.
3. Grounding – gardening fosters a sense of grounding, as it helps us to reconnect with our roots as human beings.
4. Sense of purpose – another benefit of gardening for mental health is that you can achieve a sense of worth and purpose.
5. Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s – gardening is related to better brain function and to improved concentration and memory. Some studies have found that it can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
6. Helps you keep in shape – gardening involves a lot of physical exercise and so is a form of physical therapy. Weeding, digging, carrying bags and pots around are all a good workout.
7. Strengthen your immune system – you can strengthen your immune system by simply being exposed to natural light and Vitamin D while you’re gardening outdoors.