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Gardening is a great way to help your mental health

These days people are more overworked, tired and dealing with higher stress levels than ever before. So many of us are trying to juggle too many things at once while also dealing with a world that is changing rapidly. Luckily there is one easy way to help you deal with this.

Studies have shown that people who spend more time outside in nature have better mental health and a more positive outlook on life than those who spend a great deal of time indoors. This is important to consider at a time when the NHS is completely stretched and one in four adults have a mental illness.

Gardens can work wonders for those who are feeling stressed and under pressure. It has been proven that gardening helps people channel any frustration and negative emotions they’re dealing with into something constructive. It helps to reduce stress and assists in coping with negative feelings.

Those who have flowers and plants around their home or office have proven to be happier and less stressed than those who don’t. Many who have anxiety or depression have said gardening and caring for plants has been beneficial for their mental health. This is because humans are more at ease and relaxed when they’re in nature, which is due to our predisposition to understand and affiliate with nature. Gardening gives you that much needed connection to nature that you don’t always receive when living in a big city.

Research in Sweden has also found that the more people use their gardens the less stressed they are, with another report saying gardening is able to improve people’s mood, with a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Gardens are a great place to relax in and can also provide people with a real sense of achievement, boosting confidence and self-esteem.