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How Gardening Can Improve Mental Health

Are you looking for a rewarding hobby that also helps boost your mental health? Gardening could be the answer. Good for the mind, body, and soul, here are some reasons you should include gardening in your self-care routine.

Good for the Mind

Imagine taking a walk through a lush forest full of ferns, gumtrees and wildlife. Relaxing, right?

We instinctively feel relaxed and at peace when surrounded by our natural environment. So, it’s no surprise that gardening can have a similar effect. Running our hands through dirt, teasing out roots, and perusing new shoots—all of these actions release stress-reducing chemicals in our brains.

But gardening isn’t just relaxing—it can also improve attention and focus.

We’re living in a digital world. All that connectivity and screen time leads to a shorter attention span, and difficulty focusing for some. Gardening provides the perfect opportunity to switch off. To disconnect from the world and connect to nature. And the more you focus on a singular task (like gardening), the better your ability to focus in other areas.

Good for the Body

While gardening, you’ll likely find yourself bending, twisting, and lifting. You’ll use your fine motor skills and utilise muscles in almost every part of your body. Exercise is important for good mental health, and releases serotonin, endorphins, and other feel-good chemicals.

Getting exercise while relaxing, enjoying a hobby, and growing tasty vegetables or fantastic flowers? It almost seems too good to be true.

Getting Started

Although gardening is beneficial, relaxing, and easy to get into, there are many things to consider. To begin gardening, do some research. Work out what you’d like to grow—flowers, vegetables, foliage. Consider the soil, sunlight, and water requirements for these. Look out for pests and consider the amount of time you’re willing to commit. After all, there’s nothing relaxing about droopy leaves, dried-out roots, and fruit that never ripens!

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4. Increases Value

Okay, now this is a big one. Experts say that installing a deck will often bring a 100% return, adding hundreds of thousands of dollars to the value of your home. So, not only is a deck great for quality of life, a deck can also be great for your bank account when it comes time to sell. Plus, knowing how much we Aussies love our outdoor spaces, a decked-out home is likely to entice buyers more than a home with a simple backyard.

5. Instant Gratification (Almost)

If you’re like most people, you probably find it hard to get the ball rolling when it comes to home renos. Renovations take a whole heap of planning, organising, and waiting, all before you can enjoy the fruits of your labour. However, building a deck is usually relatively simple, requires less planning, and can often be completed within a shorter timeframe. So, if you’re the impatient type, a deck could give you that ‘renovated home’ feeling, without the extra waiting.

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