Being stuck indoors during these strange times can put a strain on anyone, both mentally and physically. We’re all trying to find our way and it’s been quite daunting. Before the COVID19 lockdown, I wasn’t really interested in gardening. We moved into our house nearly three years ago and the gardens have remained untouched. I’m also hideously allergic to grass and pollen so I’m not your ideal gardener!
However, since my partner and I haven’t been able to do the things we normally do, we decided to tackle the garden at the front of the house. Together and with great success!
So, if you’re contemplating getting out into the fresh air with a gardening fork in hand, here are five reasons why you should.
1.It’s an exciting project
In tough times, having a project to focus the mind is a great way of passing the time but also a way of feeling good about yourself. Break your garden project down into sections and make a list of what you want to achieve then pick what you’ll do first. Take progress pictures so you can see how far you’ve come.
2.Helps us to be mindful
The simple act of getting out into the fresh air works wonders for the mind. Unplugging from technology and grabbing your gardening gloves has been proven to help alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress. Again, it gives you a focus and a feeling of satisfaction when you’re going through the process. Even if you do a little bit every day at lunchtime, you’ll notice a difference quickly.
3.Teamwork makes the dream work
Get your isolation family members or buddies together and tackle the gardening as a team. It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time catching up while getting stuff done. If you live alone, that’s ok, just crank up the radio and sing along to your favourite songs.
Did you know that an hour of gardening could see you wave goodbye to around 330 calories? Not bad is it? So, if you’re struggling to do one of the many online workouts available, get out into the garden instead!
5.Your space, your choice!
The good thing about gardening is that it’s personal to you. You can decide what you want your outside space to look like. It’s like decorating your home. It’s your space, make it reflect your personality. The same is true for your garden. If you’re like my partner and I, we’re not green-fingered in the slightest. So, we’ve created a space that doesn’t need much attention. Have a look on sites like Pinterest and gather your ideas. You have control so get pinning ideas!