Gardening during lockdown improves our relationships and compassion

According to various studies, spending time in nature gives people an increased feeling of vitality, increasing their energy levels and making them feel more animated. Our performance levels are, in turn, increased by this improved state of mind, so when we do return to work we will be ready to tackle all that lies ahead.

Watching seeds grow induces a positive outlook on life, making people feel more alive and active. When people experience increased vigour, they put more of themselves and their energy into their work.

Being around plants has also proven to help people concentrate, with studies showing that tasks that have been performed while under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy. Being outside in nature can also improve memory performance and attention span by twenty percent. On top of this, plants release oxygen which helps brains to function better.

One long-term study has shown that gardening is a great way to keep your brain active. The study monitored 3,000 adults for 16 years and found that gardening every day was the best way participants could lessen their risk of dementia. They reduced the disease by 36%. Different research has revealed that horticulture therapy is very engaging for dementia patients and has a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Planting is great for brain health due to its combination of physical activity, sensory awareness, learning and dexterity.