Enjoy the fresh air
Our first top tip is definitely the easiest one to do, but not to be underestimated! By simply stepping outdoors to take some time in your garden, you’re allowing yourself time to unwind and breathe in some fresh air. Fresh air is vital for refreshing you oxygen supply, and in turn, oxygen will boost your serotonin levels promoting a sense of happiness and relaxation.
Think about your garden scents
Whilst you’re enjoying a spot of fresh air, take your time to enjoy the smells in your garden. Freshly cut grass and the smell of laundry on the line are proven to be relaxing for the mind, but you can also boost your senses through the plants you choose; opt for lavender, roses, lilies and jasmine to boost mental wellbeing through your sense of smell.
Exercise your body, and mind
We all know exercise is a great way to boost your serotonin levels, but did you know gardening count towards your fitness targets? Gardening can burn up to 180 calories per hour, so it’s a great workout. The rhythmic nature of gardening tasks – some personal favourites of the Irrigatia team being picking flowers fruit and vegetables, inspecting plants for pests, rooting out weeds – also help to distract from every day stresses too.
But on top of the physical benefits to your body, don’t forget about exercising your mind too; by reading and learning about the plants in your garden, gardening techniques, and even this blog, you’re keeping your mind active and stimulated!
Why not turn your hand to trying new growing projects? Even if you’re a gardening novice, or have the smallest of outdoor spaces, find a spot to plant some seedlings. Nurturing them and watching your plants flourish has been reported to promote a sense of hope and accomplishment – and excellent booster for your mental health!