Health Benefits of Gardening
We’re all aware that gardening boosts the aesthetics and outdoor decor of any landscape. But gardening can also improve your health in a variety of ways – some of which may surprise you!
Here at Absolute Landscape and Turf Services, we are enthusiastic about our green thumbs. After reading the improvements gardening can bring to your life, we hope you dig into your own soil and get gardening!
Improve mental health
In a society obsessed with laptops, cell phones and tablets, there is something to be said for disconnecting from electronics and connecting more with nature. Studies have shown that we can battle this kind of “attention fatigue” by engaging in “involuntary attention”, where your mind effortlessly focuses on a task instead of being forced to. The rhythm of nature and the repetitive steps to gardening can let your mind relax while still being productive. So get those hands dirty – it can help clear your head!
Lower stress levels
The simple task of walking outside, combined with the nutrients one gets from sunlight, is known to reduce stress. Add a package of seeds and a small period of time gardening, and you can heighten your self-esteem. Growing something from scratch allows a gardener to experience a feeling of accomplishment, while reconnecting with a calmer way of life than the high-stress 9-to-5.
Whether it’s a clinical diagnosis or just feeling the blues, depression happens when your brain is not receiving a healthy dose of serotonin – a natural mood stabilizer. A particular bacterium found in soil has been found to trigger a release of serotonin in your brain, improving your mood and making you happier.
Burn extra calories
No time for the gym this week? Breathe in fresh air, keep your landscape beautiful and get a great workout! Digging, weeding, raking… gardening burns calories and works different muscle groups. The best part is that gardening can be enjoyed by all ages and all fitness levels – just adjust your activity intensity and be sure to consult with your physician before tackling anything strenuous.