We all have our hobbies and the things we like, and gardening is one of the most calming ones out there. People love gardening as it doesn't cause any negative emotions. It's a soothing experience being among plants that you care for and have planted. But is gardening good just for making the surroundings of your home prettier, or is there something else to it? In this article, Spring Cleaning Week will help you understand why gardening is good for your health and why you should pick up gardening if you're having issues in life (whether you're too stressed out or just want to feel better). The psychological benefits of cleaning and making your space more aesthetically pleasing are well documented. There have even been occasions where a critical illness was improved by gardening as well, thanks to sunlight, fresh air, gentle exercise, and a positive mental state.
Gardening does require some skill, knowledge, and dedication, but overall, it won't pose too much of a problem if you find a great gardening guide!
So, without further ado, here's all you need to know about why gardening is healthy!
Stress can cause even bigger and more dangerous health problems, and it's never a good idea to push yourself further than you should. Many activities help with stress such as meditation, but gardening is quite effective as well.
You simply feel connected to nature all the time, plus there's a feeling of accomplishment and happiness while you tender to your plants.
Besides, plants convert CO2 into oxygen, and even the smallest amounts will make a difference.
Boost Mental Health
Some psychiatrists and doctors recommend going to the gym or meditating as a way to fight mental health diseases such as anxiety, depression, and others. However, gardening is a good choice as well, except that it usually isn't presented to people as a choice.
Gardening will surely change your life as long as you give it a chance.
People usually don't feel alone when they're surrounded by plants, and if you're the one that's taking care of them, then the effect is even more powerful.
Good Environment Motivates you to Exercise
Why not combine a couple of methods that help you deal with mental health issues as well as improving your overall health? Working out is a proven way to deal with depression and gardening is great for preparing the environment.
If your garden is ignored and doesn't have a lot of plants, you won't be motivated to enjoy the little things in life. In this case, you won't make an effort to start exercising.
Now, if you manage to beautify your environment, then exercising in nature will definitely reward you. Get yourself some music and start working out!
Good Environment for Yoga
If you aren't a fan of exercising and just want to feel better without breaking a sweat (in a relaxed, controlled manner), then the alternative is yoga. Yoga is an amazing method of ridding your body of all negative feelings, as well as releasing stiffness in your body.
But, you can't do yoga anywhere. Yoga (as well as meditation) is best done in a calm, healthy environment. A wonderful garden will do the trick fine!
Place the yoga mat anywhere you like and start doing yoga. You'll feel the bad feelings leaving your body, and you'll feel your body becoming ‘younger.' Just remember to maintain your garden constantly, so it doesn't get ruined by weeds and other culprits.
Grow your Own Food
Sick of eating unhealthy junk food? You are sure that the potatoes you bought from the store aren't as fresh as advertised?
Well, there's only one real solution to this problem – gardening. There's no other way you can be sure that what you're eating is healthy and without artificial flavoring, or additives (and even pesticides which are the biggest issue people have with ‘organic' foods).
The food you would start with when you're just starting gardening is relatively easy to grow and doesn't require too much knowledge. The best thing about gardening is time – you just have to water the plants and sometimes switch up the soil.
In the end, if you grow your food, you'll be much healthier, and the food itself will be tastier (plus, you'll feel proud of yourself!).
Divert your Mind
You can be alone with just your thoughts in the garden which will give you time to think about certain things. And if you just want to let your mind rest, grab a chair, a glass of wine, and sit in your garden.
Make the experience even better by doing this at night so you can gaze at the stars and enjoy the fresh air!
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