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Improving Mental Health with Gardening


It was reported in 2022 by UK Research and innovation that plants can promote better mental health & wellbeing. Even if the weather isn’t too great small bouts of gardening can still help you feel better mentally and physically.

Research showed that spending more time in nature has a beneficial impact on our mental health.

Some results from research conducted by ‘The British Psychological Society’ include:

Why Does Gardening Improve Wellbeing & Mental Health?

  • Physical exertion (activities connected to gardening activities).
  • Benefits of physical & activity & exercise for mental health are well known, with 30 minutes of daily exercise sufficient to improve and maintain Wellbeing & Mental Health.
  • Planting, weeding, digging, raking & moving are considered physically intense and avid gardeners can easily exert the same amount of energy as running or going to the gym.
  • Gardening provides a more creative & enjoyable way to undertake physical exercise & meet national exercise recommendations which in return contribute to improving psychological health.
  • Gardening also allows individuals to interact with nature. This was recorded in studies led by researchers at Essex University who demonstrated the benefits of ‘Green Exercise’ (GE) being physically active within a natural environment or greenspace), on wellbeing and mental health, physical activity. Therefore, reaping all the health benefits of GE.
Mental health and gardening
Improving mental health with gardening
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