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Gardening for the mind...

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that gardening is a proven activity to help the mind. Not only have gardens served as a place to grow food, flowers and shelter for wildlife, they are also wonderful spaces for people to relax, focus and connect with nature.

Plants ease stress. But how?

Gardening, and focusing on the immediate tasks in hand can reduce negative thoughts and feelings, helping you feel better in that moment.

Seeing your efforts turn into wonderful colourful plants or foliage which fill your pots and borders can boost your self-esteem. The sense of achievement will help you feel happier.

Exercise (without really trying!). We all know exercising can be daunting to some, but getting out in the garden, digging, weeding, raking and pruning are all tasks which use so many muscles and help keep the body active. Not only does regular exercise help reduce anxiety and depression, it also helps prevent dementia as we get older.

This doesn't mean we all have to get outside to garden. Keeping houseplants is also a great way to relieve stress. Many houseplants filter harmful toxins and pollutants form the air inside your homes. Studies have shown that plants in your home or office can make you feel more comfortable, soothes and naturally reduces stress in our bodies.

Of course as well as being good for the mind, gardening is also great for our physical health. Through exercise and growing your own fruits, vegetables and herbs, it really is a fabulous all round activity which anyone can get involved in.

As we move into the very early Spring, it is time to start planning our gardens for the warmer months. Let’s all get gardening to help prevent and ease depression and anxiety and work towards building both our mental and physical health.

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