Due to growing research it is increasingly acknowledged that green spaces are linked to better physical, social and mental health. The mental benefits of spending time outdoors have shown to be extensive, helping to improve feelings of depression and anxiety, and increase general life satisfaction.
Being in green spaces has proven to help people de-stress and relax as these environments can make you feel more at one with the world and detach from your everyday stressors.
Spending time in your garden is one of the easiest ways to connect with nature. Gardens can be therapeutic, whatever pace you go at. Whether you are grinding hard physically by weeding and hoeing, or relaxing by reading a book and birdwatching, your mind can dump the worries of everyday life.
There are many ways to transform and use your garden as a tool to improve your mental wellbeing. Here are some of our top tips to make your garden a retreat for your mental health:
MAKE IT A GREEN SPACE
Add some more green to your garden by adding plants, flowers and even trees. Purchase some seeds and soil to plant your own, or simply buy pre-planted from garden centres or local stores - you can always repot these to your taste. Check out our Rattan Planters for some inspiration!
If you would prefer something more modern and low maintenance, consider our Artificial Green Walls. A quick and simple way of bringing your garden to life while still creating a beautifully natural, green aesthetic.
GROW YOUR OWN PRODUCE
Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced gardener, growing your own produce is a great way to spend time in your garden. There are plenty of things you can grow from your own garden, including fruit, vegetables and herbs - and you get the added reward of eating what you grow!
What you grow will somewhat be dependent on the space you have. If you do not have garden beds, you can grow using window boxes, pots or grow bags. You can usually buy everything you need from garden centres, but in our modern world you can have everything delivered to your doorstep if needs be!
HAVE A PLACE TO RELAX
Possibly one of the most important aspects of using your garden as a tool for mindfulness and relaxation, is having somewhere to actually relax! Get yourself some garden furniture where you can comfortably chill out. Finding something that fits all of your requirements is key, not only do you want comfort, a piece that is aesthetically pleasing will help turn your garden into a beautiful space that you want to spend time in. Consider your size requirements too - do you want something big enough to share with guests? Or something small and fitting for yourself?
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Disconnect with your daily stressors and connect with the natural world through garden meditation. Meditation has a long history as a way to calm our minds and spirits and has proven benefits for our mental wellbeing, helping reduce stress, control anxiety, improve sleep and much more.
Meditating outdoors is a great way to create those authentic calming, natural sounds you get through guided meditations, helping you feel more relaxed and at one with the world.
If you are looking for somewhere to start, find an online tutorial or download an app for meditation and mindfulness, or simply go outside, close your eyes and freestyle.