- Gardening Reduces Stress
While both groups experienced a decrease in stress, the gardeners experienced a significantly greater decline in stress (as measured by salivary cortisol, a stress hormone), as well as a full restoration of positive mood; the readers actually experienced a further decline in mood.” Elizabeth Scott, MS Very Well Mind
Maybe take a quick 20 min break from you favorite book and deadhead your flower pots or pull a few weeds, your stress level will thank you.
There really isn’t anything that can beat the taste of a garden fresh salad, home grown tomato or a strawberry right from the vine. Give it a try, we bet you will be eating more fruits and veggies in no time!
5. Gardening increases your exposure to vitamin D
Getting outside in the garden increases your exposure to vitamin D which according to Healthline helps fight disease, reduces depression, boosts weight loss and can help improve bone health. So along with making your yard beautiful and growing healthy food, you also are doing your body a lot of good!
6. Gardening is good for your brain health
As we continue to move down the list of reasons why gardening is good for your health, this may be one of the most important; gardening is good for your brain. In a study of 2,805 men and women, they found that daily gardening predicted a 36% lower risk of dementia.While there are no guarantees against dementia and Alzheimer’s, gardening has been shown to be a great way to get the recommended exercise to help ward off the disease along with encouraging healthier eating habits by growing your own food.
7. Gardening is good for your self confidence
Seeing a small seed grow into something beautiful like a flower or into something you can put on your dinner table can really provide a sense or purpose and achievement, both playing big roles in self confidence. Even if your green thumb needs a little time to grow, give gardening a try and enjoy the confidence and purpose soon to follow!