Sometimes you look at people who are working on their garden and wonder what it is they get from doing it. If you ask them, they will tell you that it relaxes them and helps them relieve the stress that builds up the rest of the day.
Planting and maintaining a garden is a great way to relieve stress. There was a study done in which two groups were asked to perform a stressful task, after which one group did thirty minutes of gardening, while the other group read for thirty minutes. Both groups experienced a decrease in stress, but for those who did the gardening, the decrease was greater. It was also noted that while the group that did the gardening experienced a full restoration of a positive mood, the readers went the opposite way with a decline in mood.
All studies aside, gardening has a lot to offer in building a positive attitude. For one thing, plants need sunlight, and so do we. Just getting out in the sun can improve your mood. Sunlight is also a great source of vitamin D which is necessary for your health.
Gardening helps you get in touch with nature and can help with separating yourself from the stresses of every day life. Many feel an urge to connect with nature but do not have the time to take a nature hike or go camping as much as they would like to and for them having a garden nearby can help satisfy that urge.
Not only can you create a beautiful thing to look at with a garden, let’s not forget that you can grow food too. The fresh produce you can grow in your own garden is far superior than anything you can get at the super market. There’s also a certain amount of satisfaction that comes from enjoying a good meal made from ingredients that you grew yourself.
So, if you have some time and want to do something that can be really rewarding in many ways, try starting a garden.