Gardening and Its Benefits to Mental Health

Listen to your body. Your body has been with you throughout your life and has done many things for you. If it is exhausted and needs rest, take time to do so.

It is important to note that when we speak of taking care of the body, we refer to our physical well-being and our mental well-being. This is because both physical and mental well-being are essential for you to function effectively.

Your physical health affects your mental health, and vice versa. So, if you take care of one, you are also taking care of the other. However, most people only see the benefits of maintaining physical health that often, disregard their mental health.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health

It is best that even if you are not experiencing any mental health problems, you still need to take care of your mental well-being by performing activities that are known to be good for your mental health. As mentioned, physical and mental health are closely linked together by releasing certain hormones in the body. You experience happiness, distress, or anxiousness because of the release of specific hormones.

The Relationship Between the Physical Health and the Mental Health

There are many known ways on how to take care of your physical health.

Healthy Diet

Eating food full of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber, like grains and nuts, greatly affects your body. It boosts your immune system and removes toxins from your body.

Exercise

Exercising for at least 30 minutes every day helps blood circulation and flush toxins out of your body.

For some people, taking care of their physical health is far easier than taking care of their mental health. It is not only until recently that mental health issues became more mainstream in discussion. However, taking care of one’s mental health is still challenging to address because people experiencing these kinds of problems are often unaware of their situation.

Some people take care of their mental health by removing the cause of their stress, either temporarily or permanently. For example, some of them would leave jobs taking a toll on their mental well-being. Others would choose to get away from their stressors only temporarily by taking a vacation, going on road trips to get some fresh air, or enjoying beaches and a new environment abroad.

There are also some people who chose to change their lifestyle or include hobbies that would be good for both their mental and physical health.

Garden of Wellness for your Mental Health

woman watering her plant

Several people have chosen gardening as a hobby. This is because gardening has many benefits. For example, gardening improves the aesthetics of one’s home, and it helps purify the air, helps us maintain our bodies to be fit, allows us to bring fresh food to the table, and has many known positive effects on mental health.

People begin gardening because of these many benefits and, most importantly, because it helps us take care of our mental health at a low cost.

Helps Reduce Stress

Stress is a common mental problem that is often taken too lightly by many people. Stress is a reaction of our body when it has taken too much work. People who experience extreme stress experience hair loss, develop a tumor, insomnia, lack of concentration, and low energy.

Studies have shown that gardening reduces many symptoms of stress. Also, research studies abroad show that there are fewer incidences of stress when people tend their garden. Gardening is not only a relaxing activity but also one that is rewarding.

In addition, people can see the results of their gardening efforts, giving them a sense of achievement that will, later on, boost their confidence. Sometimes, just merely looking at their gardens tends to relax people.

Nutrition Filled Diet

person gardening

People often engage in gardening because they want to grow their own food. Growing one’s own kitchen garden was proven to have benefits to one’s health. Growing your own garden would assure you that your food has no chemicals in it. Knowing where your food comes from will give you a sense of security.

Aside from that, there are also mental health benefits of having a kitchen garden. Remember that your mental health and physical health are closely linked together. When you eat healthy and fresh food from your garden, it boosts your physical health and your mental health through the release of endorphins – your happy hormones.

Daily Physical Activity

You may sweat as much or just a little, depending on the size of your garden. Sweating is not only good for the body but also good for the mind. Sweating helps you to stay fit, burn calories, and boost your immune system. More importantly, sweating also encourages your body to produce endorphins and serotonin – the happy hormones.

Sweating and releasing these hormones will help you regulate your mood, have a good sleep quality, and develop a good memory. 

So why not take good care of your physical and mental health by gardening? It is a low-cost, relaxing, and rewarding way of taking care of your mental health.