To many people, gardening is a form of aerobic exercise, a way of boosting a home’s resale value, and a worthwhile way of taking in Vitamin D. But did you know that gardening has some unbelievable, hidden benefits for your overall health? Well, it does. What is even more interesting, however, is how vital gardening can be to your mindset and mental health. Here are 6 proven positive effects gardening has on your mental health.
It breeds self-satisfaction
Gardening means working with dirt and creating something beautiful out of it. That breeds a sense of satisfaction in you. Even with all the madness surrounding your daily life, even with other people doubting your ability, your garden remains to be part of your success: The living evidence that you have something beautiful going on.
Taking care of your flowers and seeing them grow so effortlessly and healthily also makes you feel proud and satisfied with your life. And, unlike humans, the beauty of nature displayed in your garden will always smile at you and appreciate your effort every morning.
It is restorative
It is the negative things that life throws at you that make you angry, depressed, pissed, worthless… a rollercoaster of negative feelings and energy. But you need a way of getting out of that roller coaster if you are to be happy with life. Well, gardening has a restorative aspect that will deliver you from the negativity and restore your positivity.
How so? Well, because gardening brings the skillful side of you and suppresses the deficit-ridden side. And because you are taking care of physical fences- fences and walls that keep you and your home safe- you end up training your mind to fence-out the negative energy that fake friends bring as well as the mental fears that hinder your growth.
Reduces anxiety and stress
Anxiety can come from many things. It could be because you are worried about where you will find fresh, uncontaminated fruits and vegetables. It could be because you are wary of chronic health conditions but you don’t have the time or even the budget for the gym. It could be that you are afraid that buyers will not be interested in buying your home in case you want to sell it, probably because it isn’t in the best condition.
Whichever the cause of your anxiety, gardening will easily get you out of it. You will be able to grow your own food and because you will literally be working, it helps you to be physically fit and less vulnerable to diabetes and other chronic ailments. As for your home’s resale value, you are sure that proper gardening will significantly increase it so you won’t be stressed anymore.
Precipitates cleaner air
Plants from your garden clean up your outdoor air- which actually trickles into your indoor living spaces via the windows- by taking carbon dioxide off the atmosphere and substituting it with oxygen. Research shows that people who live in neighborhoods that have clean air are least likely to get angry or irritated. Clean air also makes you creative and productive in your daily operations, which, in turn, means less frustrations and increased income. What’s more, with a good lawn irrigation system, you will be able to grow more healthy plants in your garden for optimal air cleaning.
You are never lonely
Gardening is a hobby, physical exercise, and a creativity challenge. If you stay at home for whichever reasons, gardening can be a great way of killing boredom and getting your brain active and charged all the time. You get to try out multiple cleaning hacks for your pavements and garden pathways, as well as which garden treasures to install in order to contemporize your home. There clearly are many creative things to do with your garden and put your creative mind to work.
Helps you to live in the present