10 Therapeutic Benefits of Gardens: Creating a Sense of Well-Being

June 20, 2018

Whether you enjoy regular gardening or prefer more a of a low maintenance approach to your outdoor space, you’re still reaping the benefits of your garden either way. There are many therapeutic benefits of gardens that you might not have even realize.

Stress relief- the sights, smells, and sounds of gardening helps to reduce cortisol levels meaning you’ll feel less stressed

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Helps with fine motor movement and hand strength- digging around in the dirt with your hands or a shovel, can help improve dexterity and hand strength. Gardening may also help those who have suffered a stroke to recover faster

Keeps your brain active- working in the garden may help lower the risk of developing dementia in those older than 60

Good workout- the whole body is used for gardening which means you’re getting some good exercise in. Gardening is also relatively low impact so it’s perfect for those that have difficultly with intense cardio workouts.

Mood boosting- the bacteria in soil are known to increase levels of serotonin which helps to boost your mood during and after gardening.

Exposure to Vitamin D- Gardening or just taking a stroll through your garden will get you out in the sunshine so your body can absorb vitamin D which is good for a strong immune system and healthy bones.

Nutrition- if you have an edible garden, you’ll know that nothing tastes quite as good as fresh picked produce. Studies have shown that people who grow their own food tend to eat healthier and kids that get out and help in the garden tend to eat more fruits and veggies and are more likely to try new foods.

 

Helps with loneliness- community gardens and other accessible outdoor spaces make it easier for people of all ages to socialize in a stress-free environment while working together to create a garden for everyone

Lowers blood pressure- by simply being in a garden, your stress levels drop which also means you’re your blood pressure starts to decrease

Rewarding Task- whether you’re outside weeding or sowing veggie seeds, the reward centers of your brain are triggered and gives you a feeling of bliss. You’re also getting doubly rewarded with fresh produce once those veggie seeds have grown and are ready for harvest.

By getting out in your garden, you’re improving both your physical and mental health not to mention getting to see all the beautiful plants and flowers out there. What are your favorite parts about getting out in your garden? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

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