Can Gardening Be A Way To Reduce Your Stress Levels?
Having an outdoor space in your home is great, it is not only an extension of your home, but it is also a place that you can relax and unwind in.
The thing to remember with your outdoor space is that it can take work to make sure that it looks the best that it can.
As one of the leading garden bench companies in the industry, Sloane and Sons Garden Benches are not only made to the highest quality, but they are also great to look at too. To help to make sure that your garden bench fits in perfectly with the rest of your garden, why not try out some gardening?
Of course, gardening is going to make sure that your outdoor space looks its best, but it doesn’t stop there. It is also though that gardening can be a way to reduce stress levels. But can gardening really be a way to reduce your stress levels?
Being out in the sunshine is going to improve your mood
Okay, so we know that here in the UK we don’t always get a lot of sunshine, but the little bit of sun that we do get, we need to embrace as much as we can. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a disorder that is caused by a lack of sunshine (this is why it is more prevalent in the winter months). It is thought that the Vitamin D that is produced when the sun shines on our skin is good for our health, and if we feel healthy on the inside, then chances are that we are going to feel great mentally too.
Your garden is a chance to escape
We, as people, spend far too much time inside. Not only do we sit in front of a computer at work, but then we go home and stare at the TV too. Of course, our homes are our safe space and a place that we can really unwind and relax in, but this isn’t always the best thing if we are already feeling stressed out. It is a much better idea to find a reason to get outside and breath in some fresh air. Not only does this help you feel better, but it also can feel like you are escaping, escaping from being stuck indoors and also escaping from the stress of everyday life too.
You are in control of something beautiful
When you feel stressed out it can often mean that you feel out of control of what is happening to you. Gardening can give you a chance to take back control over something. You are in charge of making sure that the plants and flowers grow, that they flourish and that they survive. Knowing that you are in control of this, knowing that you can take charge, this means that you have something else to focus on rather than thinking about the things that you cannot take control of.
Gardening is a full body workout
It is no secret that exercise is good for you, however, what you might not realise is that gardening is actually a form of exercise. It is a full body workout and not only are all your muscles going to be worked out, but your heart rate is going to increase too. When you exercise, your body will release all those feel-good chemicals into your bloodstream which means that you are going to feel happier, feel less stressed and less anxious too.
You can grow your own food
One option when it comes to gardening is using the outside space to grow your own food. There are a range of benefits in doing this and whilst they might not have an immediate impact on your stress levels, they can help with things that can otherwise cause you to feel stressed. Growing your own food saves you money and it also means that your diet can be easily packed full of great things too. Both of which will make you feel happier inside and out.
As you can see, there is so much more to gardening than just taking care of your garden and making sure it looks good. It gives you a chance to release some of the stress that can take over your everyday life. Making sure that you feel better, that you feel happier and that you feel much more able to face the things that life is going to throw at you.