Here’s another instant stress buster for you…gardening! It’s very relaxing to play in the dirt. Not only that, but it’s incredibly rewarding when you can make a plant thrive (in all honesty, I’m still working on this!) Gardening to reduce stress might be new to you, but give it a try and see if even a quick 20 minutes spent playing around in the garden helps to you to feel better.
Spending times outside in the fresh air and sunshine is very relaxing. Just having your hands in beneficial soil is very grounding and the microorganisms in the soil are beneficial. It can also help fight depression. That alone is a great reason to give planting and gardening a try.
One of the best things about gardening is that it can come in many different forms and shapes. Make it work for your life situation. Don’t make it stressful! You don’t need a big plot of land or even a yard at all to benefit from gardening. If time and space are limited, you can plant something on your kitchen counter, your window sill, or your balcony. Let’s take a closer look.
Where To Plant Your Garden
You can start very small with just a few containers on your counters or in the window. From there you might want to add a few larger containers on the patio, or window boxes. For some of us, this is about as much gardening as we want to do. And that’s okay..it’s a great place to start for anyone. You get your hands dirty, have something to go water and tend to on a daily basis and then you’ll get the satisfaction of seeing your plants grow and thrive.
Raised garden beds are a great introduction to larger scale gardening. Raised bed gardening is also adaptable if you’re physically limited. Start slow and see what you like and don’t like. Then expand your gardening project every year until you reach a maintenance level that you’re comfortable with. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you’ll feel as well as enjoying the fruits of your harvest.
What To Plant in Your Garden
When it comes to what types of plants you want to grow in your garden, you have lots of options.. If you’re looking for something simple, just plant a few herbs and keep them on your kitchen sink. If you enjoy flowers, create a little flower bed in your front yard, put up a window box, or buy a hanging planter to enjoy.
If you’d like to get started growing some edible plants, how about creating a salad bowl that can sit on your counter and grow fresh lettuce for you? Tomatoes, cucumbers, and strawberries also do very well in containers that can just sit on your patio or balcony.
If you decide to go bigger and move out into your yard for larger scale gardening, you can look at different types of vegetables including beans, potatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash and more. Planting a few fruit hedges or trees are another fun option and it will bring bring you much joy and produce for years to come.
Health Benefits of Gardening
- Gardening provides essential physical activity, both burning calories and possibly reducing the risk of heart disease and other chronic health conditions including osteoperosis.
- Being around flowers helps to relieve depression.
- Gardening may lower the risk of dementia.
- Gardening can help to boost your immune system.
- The act of intentionally focusing on something outside of yourself will help to calm your nervous system, reducing anxiety and depression which will help to boost your mood.
Remember, the important thing isn’t what you plant or how much you produce. That would be stressful! The most important benefit of gardening is that you enjoy the process and that you find it relaxing. Play around with planting different types of plants in different places and containers and see what works well for you.
Do you enjoy gardening? I’d love to hear what works for you!
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