Why you should be digging it
Spending time in natural surroundings is great for our overall wellbeing, and gardening also adds the bonus of providing some light exercise.
Plus, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing your own fruits and vegetables, if you have the space and the interest.
Regularly tending to a garden has lots of benefits:
- Reducing stress
- Elevating mood
- Reducing depression and anxiety symptoms
- Boosting self-esteem
- Lowering blood pressure
- Enhancing strength and flexibility
- Increasing vitamin D levels
- Improving sleep quality
- Better mental abilities.
In some cases, gardening has even been shown to help those with dementia or overcoming addiction, offering a great way to channel their energy.
For many gardeners, there’s a social element to the hobby, as they work alongside others and share common interests in allotments or community gardens.
Many projects around the country aim to improve mental health, combat social isolation or support dementia patients through soil-sifting, planting and weeding.
Gardening can also be a fantastic family activity, getting both kids and adults away from screens and outdoors.