Feeling anxious? Feeling stress out? Need to save money on groceries? There may be one solution to all this! Gardening! Gardening for anxiety, gardening to relieve stress and gardening to produce fresh, healthy food! Three birds with one stone.
Gardening for anxiety
Gardening and its effects have been known for ages, the Japanese called it shinrin-yoku, meaning forest bathing. A lot of studies have been conducted the past few years, showing that being outside in nature is linked to a decrease of anxiety and depression symptoms, better management of stress-levels and just an overall increase of happy feelings.
Gardening for your immune system
Stress hormones can compromise your immune system, in particular antiviral killer cells. Because gardening decrease your stress levels its no surprise that it can also boost your immune system.
A study has shown that people spending time in their garden for two hours over a two day period shown a 50% increase in levels of natural killer cells – the body’s disease-fighting agents. That’s a lot!
Some preliminary research is even suggesting possible anti-cancer benefits.
Gardening for physical exercise
Gardening is also excellent for some very fun exercise! Weeding, digging, planting, picking, it all can serve as a very interesting workout. It is also perfect for the elderly and children because of its low intensity. So gather the whole family to come and help you next time!
Gardening for healthy eating
And last but definitely not least, gardening can yield the freshest and healthiest fruit and vegetables you can wish for. Besides, it is wayyyy tastier than that store-bought stuff in your fridge.
How to get your garden started
Just start. Don’t overthink it, make a perfect cup of coffee and just sit between your plants. You’ll soon feel inspired.
In the beginning focus on your soil health. Work on improving your soil by adding a lot of organic matter, compost or manure. Pull the weeds and if it hasn’t seeded yet, add that to the soil surface.
If you don’t have a backyard, you can always grow microgreens indoors.
Grow plants that you like to eat and to look at. Whatever sparks joy. If you only like to eat carrots and only like to look at roses, plant that! Before you plant, do a bit of research first though. You won’t regret it.
Spend a little time in your garden every day. Observe how they are growing and soaking up the sun, while you can soak up all the fresh air and sunlight too.
Enjoy your new garden and soon you will have lots of fresh veggies!