Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018
Whether you are looking to get outside to just relax, take up a new hobby or get fit with a daily dose of digging, here, trainee community gardener, Lizzie McFarlane, from Green Synergy gives her reasons why 2018 should be the year to head outdoors.
'Before joining Green Synergy, I suffered with high levels of anxiety and depression, but I found being in the garden to take stock helped with this. The act of tending to something, looking after it, seeing it grow and flourish is hugely rewarding. You don't need to be knowledgeable and it's OK to make mistakes as a garden will never judge. As with all the seasons and nature in general, the winter garden can really help us to be mindful and be in the now.'
'When the sun does come out – make the most of it! I love being outside on a crisp winter's day, whether its raking up those last remaining leaves or going on a snowdrop walk, it's a great way to get some vitamin D and burn off some of those Christmas calories too!'
'Gardening can give you a great all over work out, which is great for your heart and works all your core muscles. Pulling weeds, stretching for various plants and tools and bending as you plant also helps your strength, stamina, and flexibility.
'It also offers an array of interesting tasks to perform that will keep up your interest over some more conventional exercise routines throughout the changing of the seasons.'
'They say fresh air helps you sleep better and combining that with some time in garden can really improve your sleep quality. The physical activity tires you out and it helps reduce those anxiety levels meaning you'll be in for some quality ZZZ.'
'Meeting up with friends to visit one of the many inspirational winter gardens or joining your local community garden or gardening club can not only be great for your social life. Joining a local gardening group will also give you the opportunity to make new friends with people from a variety of backgrounds. They also provide a great sense of belonging and togetherness – together you can watch how your garden transforms or share what vegetables you have grown.'
Source: House Beautiful