ad collaborative post // It has been difficult for most people to maintain their mental health over the last year. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to improve your mood and overall health. Start taking some much-needed me-time and take up a new hobby.
Gardening is a brilliant way to spend time outside, reduce stress and take some time for you. In fact, there are very few activities with as many benefits as horticulture and gardening. Here are a few reasons why you need to take up gardening this year.
The simple act of contemplating nature can help to reduce stress levels. Practise acceptance by embracing the unpredictability of nature. You can’t control the weather, bug infestations or hungry rodents, so just enjoy the act of gardening. Gardening is a great way to focus on the process instead of achieving the perfect end result.
It gives you a feeling of accomplishment
Getting outside and spending time away from your laptop screen is enough to give you a feeling of accomplishment. However, there is no greater feeling than eating freshly grown vegetables. Spend your time finishing up a veggie patch and building up cloches to protect them.
Try to develop a growth mindset so you can enjoy the process of growing veggies. If something doesn’t work out, you can learn from the experience for the next time. Experiment with different seeds and gardening methods to grow your skillset and have fun. Remember, gardening is a chance to play and learn without the pressure of needing to be successful.
Enjoy the sunlight when you’re outside gardening. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Always wear SPF to protect against the harmful effects of the sun.
Get more active
Pottering around the garden isn’t exactly a HIIT workout, but it’s better than sitting in front of the TV all day. Adults over 50 are more likely to be more active and satisfied with their life if they do a spot of gardening. Enjoy the health benefits of light exercise and delicious healthy food!
It gives you a hobby
Embrace your green thumb in a gardening community where you can share tips and tricks with each other. Connect with other individuals over planting seeds and enjoy having something in common. You can build emotional and spiritual connections with other gardeners over a collective hobby.