Garden For The Soul

Our modern day lives consume our time and our minds, making little headspace for anything else and causing stress, irritability and lack of focus.

We’ve all fallen into the trap of being ‘too busy,’ but we should be putting our health and wellbeing first. Good health, both physically and mentally, creates our quality of life. We should never be too busy to take care of ourselves. But just two hours a week spent in nature dramatically improves your wellbeing.

Awareness of how our environment effects our mental and physical health has increased over the past few years, with many studies proving that nature, green spaces (and socialising too) increases the positive chemicals in our brains.

Spending just two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and we don’t mean achieving this by working within your garden. You don’t need to really be doing anything, as long as you do it mindfully.

Being mindful focuses your attention onto the specific thing you’re doing at that moment in time or a specific place that you’re in, so you think about nothing else, shutting off the ‘noise’ in your mind from the busy lives we seem to have created. Nature and greenery have a positive, calming effect on our mood.

You’ll notice this more frequently now in commercial spaces, such as office blocks, where people now spend a lot of time, through the use of large planters and even green walls to bring the outside in.

In our increasingly urbanised and technologically driven world, reconnecting with nature can have a huge impact on mental health. Studies have found that spending time in green spaces helps people to de-stress and relax.

It also helps people to feel more at one with the world and overcome feelings of self-absorption that can increase mental health issues.

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