With my roots in psychology my decision to found BloomBox Club, a plant subscription company, was part inspired by my desire to embrace and promote gardening as a form of meditation, and a hobby for wellbeing. It was also to try and dispel the myths around gardening as an old person’s hobby, or as an interest requiring specialist knowledge, and to make it as easy as possible for people to get outside and start living and loving their outdoor space.
We are all familiar with the health benefits of exercise and more recently meditation. Less known, however, are the health benefits of gardening, both physical and mental.
Gardening is an activity that can be weaved into one’s day with ease, and it not just a means to tending to your plants and maintaining a tidy and attractive outdoor space; it is in itself a form of doing, which provokes an attention to the present, a “mindfulness”.
THE BENEFITS OF GARDENING:
- Gardening reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol we have in our body
- Digging in the dirt improves our immune system and the production of serotonin in parts of our brain
- Being surrounded by plants has shown to improve people’s relationships with others and the environment around them
- Plants are a natural moderator of moods
- On a brisk sunny morning, sweep the leaves and the debris of Autumn away – you will be surprised as to how cleansing this can feel
- Start to identify the more tender plants in your garden that you will need to care for over winter and move them close to the house, or put a cloche over them, to protect them from the winter frosts
- Plant some Hellebores or Gaultheria in your beds or pots, this will not only brighten up your outdoor space but the berries from the Gaultheria will keep the birds fed through winter.
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