In recent times, many people have turned to their gardens to get some fresh air and to generally support their wellbeing – not to mention to release some creative flair! Take a look below at our best reasons why this is a good idea:
- Promotes Exercise
As you may know, lack of exercise may lead to a range of health issues, from heart disease to depression. Working with plants helps both adults and children to get the physical activity they need to stay in shape or improve their current condition.
Gardening is a fun and easy way to incorporate exercise into your or your child’s daily routine. Children usually enjoy working with soil and learning about plants. A child may not even notice they are exercising while they dig, move soil or water plants in the sunshine and fresh air. Gardening also helps children develop motor skills and overall strength, and it can even combat childhood obesity. Just a half hour of gardening can burn 135 calories – the perfect excuse to get digging!
- Encourages Healthy Eating
It can feel difficult to get the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables every day, especially for those who do not prefer the taste of these foods. Gardeners can feel encouraged to ‘grow their own’ with the added benefit that they don’t have to worry about pesticides. Homegrown food tastes better and is more appealing because of the time and effort it requires to grow and harvest. Children can easily grow delicious cherry tomatoes, carrots, salad vegetables and herbs — just to name a few. A child will also feel excited to eat what they have grown! Gardening and growing produce is a simple way to encourage children and adults to get the nutrients they need for physical and mental health.
- Improves Mood
Human beings generally feel happier and more optimistic in surroundings with plenty of plants and nature. Flowers also evoke positive emotions and memories, and gardening reminds us of our connection to nature, which helps us focus on the bigger picture. This can alleviate symptoms of depression.
- Relieves Stress & Anxiety
Looking at plants and flowers, whether indoors or outdoors, is a peaceful activity free of worries or conflict. It encourages living in the present moment and engages the senses.
- Prolongs Attention Span
Gardening and being around plants can strengthen attention span, which can aid concentration and learning. This in turn may support children to achieve academically.
- Boosts Self-Esteem
Low self-esteem is a common experience among adolescents and young adults. It is normal for teens to compare themselves to others on social media or feel pressured to look or act a certain way. Children and young adults can benefit from taking technology breaks and heading outdoors. Gardening is one way to generate excitement about connecting with nature and the world outside.
We’d be delighted to hear what you’ve been doing in your garden – drop us a line with your ideas!
Stay safe and hope to see you soon.