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The Link Between Gardening and Health and Wellbeing





Introduction

In today's fast-paced and technology-driven world, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and disconnected from nature. However, there's a simple and enjoyable activity that can help improve your health and wellbeing – gardening. Whether you have a sprawling back garden or a small balcony, gardening has been proven to have numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits. In this blog post, we will explore the fascinating link between gardening and its positive impact on our overall wellbeing. Many of you will know me as a health professional as well as a garden designer, so this is a topic dear to my heart. My personal experience is, whilst hard to 'prove', that being in the garden, has been hugely beneficial to my own health and well-being.


Physical Benefits of Gardening

Engaging in gardening activities can be a fantastic way to stay physically active. From digging and planting to watering and weeding, gardening involves a range of physical movements that can help improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. Studies have shown that regular gardening can help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Additionally, the exposure to natural sunlight while gardening allows our bodies to absorb essential vitamin D, which is crucial for bone health and the immune system.


Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Gardening is not only beneficial for our physical health but also for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Spending time in nature and being surrounded by green spaces has a calming effect on our minds, reducing stress and anxiety. Gardening can serve as a form of therapy, providing a sense of purpose and accomplishment as we witness the fruits of our labour grow. It can also promote mindfulness, as we focus on the present moment and connect with the natural world. Furthermore, research has shown that gardening can improve overall mood, increase self-esteem, and reduce symptoms of depression.


Social Connections and Community Engagement

Gardening can also foster social connections and community engagement. Whether you join a local gardening club or share tips and experiences with fellow gardeners online, gardening provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for plants and nature. Community gardens, where individuals come together to cultivate shared spaces, not only promote a sense of belonging but also encourage collaboration, learning, and the exchange of ideas. By participating in gardening activities, you can build new relationships, strengthen existing ones, and create a sense of community.


Conclusion

Gardening is much more than just a hobby. It is a powerful tool that can improve our physical health, enhance our mental and emotional wellbeing, and foster social connections. Whether you have a green thumb or are just starting out, incorporating gardening into your life can bring about a multitude of benefits. So, grab your gardening tools, get your hands dirty, and experience the joy and satisfaction that comes with nurturing and growing your own plants. Your health and wellbeing will thank you!


Here is a previous Blog post we published about the connection with Mental Health.


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