It’s time to go green… Gardening is a natural mood enhancer.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of nature to our well-being. According to one survey, 40% of us now place a higher value on animals and visiting local green places for our mental health.
Dr. Chris Thorogood, deputy director and head of science at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, talks about how gardens can help us relax.
Nurturing and cultivating plants, and bringing them to life, is a rewarding experience.
The initial sight of a little seedling pushing its way through the ground can be joyful and beneficial to our health.
And getting your hands dirty, even if you don’t wear gardening gloves, can make you feel better.
According to research, the bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae, which is prevalent in soil, transmits chemical messages to your brain that increase happiness.
The nicest aspect is that you don’t need a large yard to enjoy it; a window box or balcony will suffice.
Plant avocado stones, orange pips, or pineapple tips to grow kitchen waste.
Plants that can be utilized for aromatherapy give a new layer of sensory experience, helping to alleviate poor moods. Citrus for energizing, rose and geranium for nurturing and self-love, and lavender for relaxing.
You don’t have to work hard to gain the benefits of being outside in nature.
Simply being in a green place, breathing in the fresh air and listening to the sounds of birdsong and water, can improve one’s well-being.
People who spend time in a garden are substantially more likely than those who do not to report general excellent health, higher psychological wellbeing, and higher levels of physical activity.
Take your morning coffee break outside or stroll through your neighborhood park if the weather permits.
If you put down your phone and take some time to take in your surroundings, you’ll notice a difference in your mood.
Many people who live in flats or cities do not have access to a garden.
Fortunately, there are plenty local green spots to visit, such as parks and allotments. And they’ve been reopening all over the place.
Virtual tours can enable individuals who are unable to visit them reproduce the sensation of being in a garden.
Google Arts & Culture is launched to make it easier for everyone to enjoy green places even if they can’t go in person. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”