The sensory experience of gardening allows us to connect with our primal state. When I am in the garden it’s like therapy!
Working in the garden has other, less spiritual rewards. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood.
Here are just a few of the ways gardening can benefit your physical and mental health, and how you can start harvesting those benefits for you and your family.
- Stress relief: A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities.
- Better mental health: The effortless attention of gardening may even help improve depression symptoms.
- Exercise: Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine — and it also gets your blood moving.
- Brain health: Some research suggests that the physical activity associated with gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia.
- Nutrition: The food you grow yourself is the freshest food you can eat. And because home gardens are filled with fruits and vegetables, it’s also among the healthiest food you can eat.