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Why gardening is great for our mental health

June 7th- 13th marks National Growing for Wellbeing Week. Set up by the gardening therapy organisation, this week long event aims to celebrate and bring awareness to the benefits that growing your own produce can bring to our physical and mental state of wellbeing. Many of the team at Chiropractic Care Clinics are keen gardeners, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite benefits of being out in the wild!

Reducing stress

Prolonged, high levels of stress aren’t only damaging for our emotional health, they are also commonly linked to physical health issues such as heart disease, insomnia and digestive issues. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope with stress. This is a problem which will have been exacerbated further for many people over the course of the pandemic. Connecting with nature provides an opportunity to escape our thoughts and can relieve any frustrations we might have.

Mindfulness

Growing our own produce allows and encourages mindfulness – which is an increased sense of awareness for our senses and feelings. Practicing mindfulness has the potential to reduce anxiety, as well as aiding the brain in minimising distractions. Taking the time to clear our thoughts, and focus on our senses and nature around us can be really beneficial to our mental health and particularly, our stress levels.

Vitamin D boost

Gardening is a great way for us to enjoy the benefits of Vitamin D through sunshine! Vitamin D is important for the health of our bones, which can help to prevent conditions such as Osteoporosis, high blood pressure and diabetes.

On top of this, research has shown that Vitamin D can play a key role in regulating our mood. According to Healthline, in one particular study, scientists found that people with depression noticed an improvement in their symptoms after receiving Vitamin D supplements.

Learning a new hobby

Starting a new hobby can have a wide range of benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing. Enjoying a new pastime provides some time to ourselves, allowing us to unwind and relax. Physical hobbies, whether it be gardening, sports or dancing, are also a great way to keep in shape, and can stop exercise from feeling like a chore!

Cognitive function

Among the other benefits that come with gardening, there is evidence that suggests connecting with nature has the ability to improve our cognitive, as well as emotional functions!

For some great tips on how to avoid aches and pains before you head to the garden, watch our video from our clinical director’s own flower beds and veg patch..

Make sure you have a check up before you start gardening, to prevent any aches or pains, click the button below to book an appointment.

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