As part of Global Mental Health Day, we wanted to highlight the importance of looking after your mental wellbeing and ways in which you can be kind to your mind.
How can the outdoors improve your mental health?
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.
3 Ways How Your Garden Can Improve Your Mental Wellbeing
1. Being around nature
Gardens and being in nature can work wonders when we are stressed, under pressure or feeling down.
Having moments to yourself surrounded by fresh air can be productive in practicing mindfulness. Taking deeper breaths and feeling grounded in nature are great steps to improving your mental health.
Being aware of what is happening in the present can enhance your wellbeing. Evidence shows savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Actively participating in gardening can also be great for your mental health. Regular physical activity can lead to lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Keeping active when gardening can help improve your wellbeing. Gardening can also be seen as a hobby and sense of accomplishment - setting yourself goals can be great for your overall wellbeing.
Activities to engage in when gardening can be:
Growing Vegetables and Fruits
Mowing and Trimming
Feeding and maintaining plants
Decorate your garden with statues or water features
Feeding birds or putting up a bird feeder
3. Creating your own garden of eden
Investing in your garden space to create your own peaceful eden can also help enforce a sense of security and calmness.
In addition to this, having your garden designed the way you want can also create a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Whether you're decking out your garden with beautiful furniture, a stunning water feature, or perhaps a heater or gazebo has we approach the cooler months - ensure you're taking care of your mind during the Winter and get outdoors if you can.