Gardening has a ‘better impact’ on mental health than the gym

Plants are having a moment. Millennials especially have embraced the greenery trend with open arms, and it’s no wonder – the activity is proven to be very therapeutic.

In fact, a new survey has revealed that 81% of British people believe gardening has a ‘better impact’ on mental health than hitting the gym, according to AO.com.

Out of 2,000 participants, more than a third also claimed that creating the perfect garden provides a ‘bigger sense of achievement’ compared to running 1km (8%), tidying their home (22%) and doing well at work (13%).

However, while 75% agreed that gardening helps improve well-being, three in 10 do so less than once a month.

‘Gardening is a brilliant de-stressor,’ said psychologist, psychotherapist and author, Corinne Sweet.

‘Hacking down shrubs, mowing the lawn, digging in bulbs, even just weeding and planting, can lower blood-pressure and create a healthy mindful state.

‘When we garden we get fresh air, exercise and light. The latter is important to aid the body’s production of Vitamin D and Serotonin. These elements can help fend off depression and low moods.

‘If you don’t have a garden, even doing window boxes and pots can help, as getting your hands dirty is a good way to get grounded and more relaxed. It puts us back in touch with our primaeval [sic] selves and helps iron out modern-day stresses.’

‘I love my garden,’ 33-year-old Jo Jessop, an avid gardener, says ‘It helps me when I’m stressed and suffering with anxiety. It’s also my safe space where I can breath, I also sometimes sit and work in my garden as well as relax, and it’s fab place to meditate and do my breathing exercises.’

Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a garden, especially in bigger cities such as London, but there are other ways to add a touch of green to your life.

Adding a few plants to your home or work space has also been shown to be beneficial for mental health.

TNT Health

Photo Credit: Mark Lord

 

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