The everyday stresses of life can pile up and most of us are looking for natural stress relievers to ease those burdens. Creating a beautiful garden, no matter the size, can relieve stress in many ways. Whether a flower or vegetable garden, your very own oasis away from life’s obligations can be great for overall mood and state of mind.
Having a place to relax and unwind from a long day at work or caring for a family member can be beneficial to your mental and physical health. Next time you feel overwhelmed with the fast pace of life, consider starting a garden to help relieve some stress.
Below are a handful of ways gardening can act as a natural stress reliever.
Sunlight – Vitamin D
Exposure to Vitamin D can do a lot of good for your overall health and mood. Spending time outdoors in the sunshine allows our bodies to soak in the many benefits of Vitamin D; strengthening the immune system, reduced risk of cancer, maintaining healthy bones and more.
With too much work and little play, our creative side can get stifled. Gardening is a great creative outlet that can melt away the stress. Work on achieving a sense of peace by designing your garden space just the way you like it, letting those creative juices flow.
Physical activity is a known stress reliever and gardening provides plenty of exercise. Gardening can be a full body workout, get your hands dirty and burn those calories, strengthen your hands and prevent Arthritis by loosening up those joints.
Gardening allows us to still our minds and become present. It can increase our mindfulness and allow us to block all the negativity out, even if only for a 30 min. gardening session. Indulge in creating a space that allows you to seek peace and refuge from stressful work and life obligations.
Reduce the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that can wreak havoc on our mind and body by gardening. Spending time outdoors and getting in touch with nature can regulate our cortisol levels and relieve stress. High levels of cortisol can cause depression and anxiety, weight gain, memory issues, trouble with concentration and more.