From Stress Reducer To Friend Maker, Gardening Has Surprising Benefits
If you’re looking to reduce the stress in your life and think the only solution is an expensive gym membership or the newest mindfulness app, think again. The simple act of getting your hands in the dirt of your garden can do wonders for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. From helping you burn calories, giving you a reason to get outside, and teaching you new ways to introduce sustainable foods into your routine, gardening can be a fantastic hobby that brings both personal accomplishment and health benefits.
The best part? This seemingly simple task can be done alone for some much-needed solitude or even with young kids to begin teaching them the benefits of farm-to-table foods and learning to care about the source of the food you eat. Even older adults can get in on the fun so gardening could be a great way to make a new friend by inviting that elderly neighbor across the street to join you in planting some new seeds or sharing a sweet bowl of freshly-picked strawberries together.
Gardening is also a wonderful way to learn a new skill, something proven to help with longevity and to keep your brain sharp. If you’re new to gardening and just exploring this area, there are plenty of resources available on simple ways to get started, the tools that make the task a little easier, and the best fruits and vegetables to plant in specific seasons.
Live in a small space? Even apartment-dwellers can enjoy gardening with special pots, planters, and raised beds designed for small spaces. Already have a big yard? Grab some paper and a pen and make a plan on how to best use the outdoor space for your new garden, being sure to pick a spot that gets both sun and shade each day!
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