Gardening can be very beneficial to combating stress. Instead of taking a prescription drug or over-the-counter medication to steady your nerves, consider one of these three types of gardens to help you win the battle of stress.
Stress relief in the form of gardening can be derived from flowers, an appealing and tranquil butterfly garden, or a food garden that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor (pun intended!) at your table in impressive and delicious recipes.
Just the act of managing a garden can be a relaxing and harmonious experience. Being outdoors in the warm sunshine and interacting with nature by assisting plants to grow and bring beauty or harvest can be a relaxing and active way to exercise.
An excellent type of garden to alleviate stress is the beauty of a flower garden. You can be creative and let your imagination run free when designing a space in which you can relax and admire the beauty, even inside your home.
Start them from seeds in planters and then transplanting them into containers or flower beds around your home or patio. The rewards you will get from a flower garden can vary from the display of blooming flowers, the scent, and the harvest for your own family’s personal use.
Specific flowers, such as lavender are commonly used in aromatherapy for stress relief. You are able to purchase the scent of lavender in a variety of soaps and lotions. By growing your own you can tie up clusters to dry in your home. A butterfly garden brings allure and the added contribution of observing gorgeous butterflies flying from flower to flower. A well-executed butterfly garden will draw butterflies and hummingbirds, blessing your garden with life and fragrance.
Some examples of plants you can grow in your butterfly garden are lavender, azaleas, and hibiscus. You might want to try Tropical sage, butterfly bushes, purple cone-flower, and bee balm to appeal to hummingbirds and butterflies and to load your garden with beauty.
For excellent exercise and health, try planting a food garden. A food garden can contribute beauty to containers or outdoor garden areas and provide healthy vegetables for you and your family. Effortless and fast-growing plants for your food garden can include tomatoes, bell pepper, radishes, carrots, and lettuce. It’s a known fact that fresh produce from a home-grown garden tastes much better than that which is purchased from the supermarket.
If you have a considerable garden space, you can grow extra produce for canning and/or freezing. This enables you to enjoy your gardening efforts far into the cold winter months.
Choosing any one or all of the above garden types provides you with much-needed sunshine to boost serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the “feel good” chemical and melatonin is a remarkable sleep aid.
The fresh air you experience with gardening helps you to maintain your health and improves cell growth and rejuvenation in your body. After gardening, you might find that you can focus better and enjoy a sense of physical and mental well-being.
Notch out a place in your garden for your relaxation by adding a water fountain and sounds of nature. Make it your comfortable spot to unwind with a good book or maybe a glass of wine.