I’ve already posted about the health benefits of being out in green space but did you know that gardening is also supposed to be a great healer?
According to eartheasy.com gardening can have positive effects on stress, self-esteem, heart health, hand strength and dexterity, brain health, immunity regulation, depression and mental health.
I know for sure that time spent in the garden relaxes me and helps me find a sense of calm in my day. Light gardening and nurturing of plants is gentle exercise and evoke a sense of gratitude within me, which are real mood boosters.
Heavier garden work can be a great workout and a real opportunity to be mindful and present in the moment. That said, unless you are keen on outdoor work, it may not be your idea of a fun way to spend the afternoon 😉.
Still, I’ve got big plans to get back in the garden and 2020 is most definitely going to be the year of the garden for me. In the meantime I’m going to incorporate short bursts of weeding and tidying into my week to get my fill of fresh air and earthly nourishment.