It is no secret that being out in the woods, walking through a forest, or being surrounded by nature is good for your wellbeing. But you can extend that amazing impact by taking up gardening. Not only will you be able to benefit from how beautiful the garden will look, but even the smallest of space can also give you the opportunity to enjoy some of the mental benefits.
One of the most wonderful things about gardening is after you have planted seeds, bulbs, and even bare stalks, you can watch it grow. There is always something that needs to be done as they grow too. Weeding, trimming them back, helping thinner stalks stand tall with bamboo beams and ties.
And when it is all done, you get the ultimate satisfaction in watching your seeds bloom or bear fruit and vegetables.
You are needed. You will be needed to water your plants, to help keep your lawn healthy and happy with liquid lawn fertilizer. Not all plants are easy to look after, either, so you might be required to do some research on how to take care of them.
A sense of satisfaction is something that can give you a boost of happy hormones that will help dampen any feelings of worthlessness that can happen when it comes to mental health.
When you do something, like a gardening hobby, it will increase the flood of dopamine in your system. And that influx of happy hormones will reduce the impact that cortisol (the stress hormone) has on your system.
It is often the case that we don’t know how stressed we are until we do something that lowers our stress levels.
The mood improvement from gardening can be far-reaching, and the more that you do a hobby that makes you happy, the more likely it is for you to keep your dopamine topped up.
We are pretty much all lacking in a few vitamins, but vitamin D is one of the biggest ones. The more time you spend outside, the less of a deficiency you are likely to have. Of course, you are likely to need a supplement too, but the more of that lovely sunlight you soak up, the better you are going to feel.
When you are able to take stock of everything that you have grown in your garden, and the birds and butterflies are visiting your wildflowers, it will be difficult to not feel calm and at peace.
This is the really important bit. When we see green, there is a whole lot happening in our brains. The psychology of color makes a huge impact. Green gives us a feeling of calm, psychological restoration and promotes focus and productivity (which is why you often find plants in offices). Not only that, but it can help with creativity too.
Even the smallest of garden spaces or a number of plants in the home can help you in the quest for a sense of calm and improved wellbeing.