Gardening For Relaxation
"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses." - Hanna Rion, American Artist.
Gardening for relaxation is a great stimulus to the mind and body.
A well maintained garden is a thing of beauty to see, so imagine the sense of pride the creator of such beauty can feel seeing their work coming to life.
You can't fail to feel a sense of the wonder of life by the sights and smells of a garden in full bloom.
From flowers & shrubbery to plants of all kinds, much beauty can be created in even a small space.
Growing a garden is a worthy investment of your time, requiring care and attention but returns these things back to you in the sense of self accomplishment and helps in teaching us the fine art of patience.
All it takes is a little imagination coupled with a little bit of physical effort and you'll soon be sprouting green fingers.
There are also a wide range og gardening books and dedicated websites as well as T.V programmes to offer inspiartion in this field.
The amount of effort you need to put in is direct relation to the size and condition of your garden.
What's Relaxing in a Garden?.
However, even small changes such as cutting the grass and removing weeds can dramatically enhance the appearance of any garden.
Not only is gardening a very relaxing persuit but it is also a very healthy one.
It get's you out of the house whilst keeping you in touch with nature.
It helps to clear ones mind of the clutter of racing thoughts and places your mind in the act of creation.
It also Increases your Vitamin D supply whilst boosting your mood.
Here we list some of the benefits that gardening can bring to you.
Reduce stress and blood pressure
Gardens are green and green is one of the main relaxation colours said to ease the mind along with the colour blue.
Breathe Better & Feel Better
In holistic terms green is the colour of the heart chakra and is known as 'the healing colour'.
There are also endorphins to consider.
This, 'feel good' hormone is produced by the body by physical exercise and is a known stress reducer.
Since any exercise is better than none at all it's worth bearing in mind the assistance in weight loss a spell of gardening can provide.
Plants make their food by a process known as photosynthesis.
Part of that process is the removal of carbon dioxide or CO2 and the manufacture of life giving oxygen or O2.
Since we all need oxygen you can perceive your garden to be akin to an O2 producing factory.
This improves the quality of the air around for you and others.
Reach out to Nature and some free Vitamin D
The more you plant the more is produced.
Not to mention a bout of gardening fills your lungs full of fresh air with each breath, re-energising your body and mind.
The psychological benefits of being in and working with nature can be a great boost to ones self esteem and wellbeing.
Knowing that you 'reap what you sow', illustrates the sense of positivity and reward gardening can bring.
The risks and benefits of sun exposure are covered in greater detail in our article,
holidays in the sun.
But it's worth mentioning the vitamin D benefit sun gives us.
Produced as a result of the skins exposure to sunlight, It helps stop the growth of abnormal cells in the body.Also, sun is one of natures great natural mood enhancers.
Remember though, moderate exposure, wearing a hat and using a sunfactor are all sensible precautions.
Grow your own!
Growing your own vegetables and fruits is a marvellous oppertunity to contribute toward the family food supply.
The Concrete Jungle?
What you don't use you can sell on in local markets.
You get to eat the fruits of your labour.
You know where the produce came from.
Your own produce promotes good health and will contain a beneficial range of vitamins and minerals.
The 'Concrete Jungle', was an apt term given to sprawling cities in the last century.
But there were always people who wanted to bring some life and colour into their neighbourhoods.
With such basic things as window boxes or whatever small backyard plots were available they tried to bring soul into a soulless place.
Many succeeded bloomingly and were the pioneers of the various city 'greening' groups we can find today.
Also, in cities where square footage is at a premium some go to the lengths to cultivate and grow amazing rooftop gardens.
A small sample worldwide includes:
In the U.S -
The 39 (and growing) roof gardens in Manhatten, New York.
The roof of Chicago's City Hall.
Bus shelter tops around the city of San Francisco.
In Canada - Vancouver Aquariums 'Living Wall'.
In Germany - The roof of the Art & Exhibition Hall in Bonn.
In Switzerland - The Klinikum 2 Building (Clinical Center 2) of the University of Basel.
In London - The Babylon Restaraunt in Kensington.
Those city dwellers who don't have access to a garden where they live often opt to take up an allotment space in a nearby area, developing their green fingers there.
These endeavours serve to show what is possible when people whether individually or collectively desire to maintain a link with the soil, the land and ultimately the very Earth we live on.
With the benefit of
walking for health,
if you do not have access to a garden there are many public parks and botanical gardens one can visit and appreciate the beauty of.
'The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden,
than anywhere else on earth'.
- Dorothy Frances Gurney, Poet & Author.
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