It may come as a surprise to you that something as straightforward and timeless as gardening can help an individual’s health and in quite a few ways. Gardening is healthy both on a mental and a physical level. History shows us that nature has quite the remarkable ability to nurture as well as provide a sense of tranquility and peacefulness upon its inhabitants.

On a physical level, getting your hands dirty for gardening purposes can ultimately lead to a better life. A human being that is more active than another is less likely to suffer from a number of health risk such as:

  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • colon cancer
  • heart disease
  • depression
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • premature death

Gardening is one of those activities that is fairly simple to do, and quite frankly anyone (regardless of age) can benefit from. It’s proven to strengthen bones, muscles and joints. If you’re of an older age it can be quite essential to preventing common occurrences such as; falling due to arthritis, lack of exercise due to lesser mobility and deficiency of outdoor activities.

Giving back to the natural environment that has given so much to everyone is really an educational way for all parents to allow their children to adapt to the world-renowned saying, “you are what you eat.”

Not only is gardening a prime opportunity for us to reap the benefits of our food at its pinnacle, it also allows us to reap what we saw in a healthy and nutritious manner. On a mental level, it provides the tools necessary to better equip ourselves against generic conditions in the same manner as depression.

Gardening empowers all walks of life with a motherly duty to nurture, and entitles that particular person with a sense of responsibility. A plant, bush or tree doesn’t care who the fingers and thumbs that are tending to it belong to.

Anyone with mental health issues can contribute to a greater purpose and that feeling alone can achieve a higher self-esteem. When the world starts to seem like a vast abundance that can be too much to deal with, gardening gives us the chance to just let go and unwind while simultaneously releasing happy hormones.

Everybody, if given the opportunity, should contribute to giving back to mother earth, because being surrounded by plants and flowers makes us live in the here and now. If you don’t have your own area for a garden, you can search on for an available plot to rent nearby. Hopefully you can see now that gardening gives us the strength to box up all worldly concerns if even for just a moment, and remind us of the beautiful cycle of life.

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Donn Schlosser