Kovid-19 showed that epidemic It can have a profound effect on people’s physical and mental health. For those living under extreme locks, stress, anxiety, and depression have increased worldwide. During the lockout, many people’s physical activity levels also dropped. But gardens can help us push these negative effects back.
Prior to the outbreak, the garden was associated with better health and safety, and this practice continued during VV-19.
During the first locksmith in England – our own research on the use of gardening – published in the summer as a worksheet – we found that many frequent garden visits were associated with good health. During the epidemic, gardens also helped reduce stress.
With this in mind, here are five ways you can use your garden to show that research can improve your mental health. If you have access to outdoor space and you find things difficult, you can try these to boost your mood.
And if you are feeling good now, you can take advantage of this opportunity to look forward to it. As world leaders are being advised to prepare for the next epidemic, if there is another lock in the future, you can set up your garden and develop experiences now to better support your future security.
5. Gardening includes physical activity
People who sleep every day are more physically active – and even those with a balcony, yard or porch are more likely to be more active than those without a garden. Being more active is associated with better physical and mental health, including cancer, heart disease, and depression.
You don’t have to be a gardener to be active in the garden (although you have to give). Gardens are great places for creativity and mobility. Find out in secret, do yoga on the lawn, build a bug hotel for insects – whatever you like!
And remember, if there is another lock, being physically active in your garden can give you opportunities to be active in other parts of your life.
4. The psychological benefits of gardening
In the event of an epidemic, gardens will help to restore the ability to focus on the work that is being done at home. Natural things like trees, plants and water – especially easy to see and require a little mental effort. Simply sitting in the garden is relaxing and good for mental health.
To make your garden ready for the holidays, create a place to relax. Surround yourself with soothing things like flowers.
The garden seat also looks like a key. People in our study told us that they enjoy having a hammer, a chair, and benches. So, take time to sit or watch the clouds, or relax with books and tea. And don’t feel guilty about it – it’s important to take a break to avoid psychological fatigue.
3. Gardens are a good place to be alone
Gardens are places to escape the worries and needs of the world around us. They are especially reformed because they are places where we live. In our study, some people found this by hiding in the garden while talking to other family members. Others are hiding in the bathroom or bedroom.
If there is another lock, remember that the garden is a good place to stay away from work and other people. Maybe create a hidden mound that you can hide in your garden for a few minutes. You feel more likely to return to work and life and be more productive.
2. Social benefits of gardens
Research also emphasizes the value of spending time with others outside the home. There are many ways to use your garden to build social networking and relationships. You can play outdoor games, have a barbecue, chat with your neighbors on the fence or invite a friend to have hot chocolate in the snow (Norwegians can teach us a lot about enjoying the outdoors in winter).
1. Gardens allow access to nature
Nature offers many benefits to mental and physical health. The presence of biodiversity is associated with the singing of birds and the sounds of water, the feeling of renewal. The presence of more natural elements in plants – natural fragrances such as fragrant flowers, insects and stones – increases safety.
Bringing nature to any garden is therefore a good idea. Flowers are especially desirable in addition to supporting pollen. You can also create a pond or find a bird feeder.
Of course, not everyone has a garden. But even if you do not have your own outdoor space, you can still follow some of these tips. Indoor plants have been shown to be used to create a more “natural” environment and to improve mood.
Green exercise: such as cycling, hiking or running in the woods or in the countryside – can boost mood and self-confidence. Walking alone in the park has also been revived.
If you want to spend a lot of social time outdoors, these are very social needs that often involve working outdoors, so you can help in one place or in a community garden. And if you don’t want to do anything, you can find a small local park to sit and relax.
This article was first published in The conversation as if Emma White And Sarah Golding At Suri University. Read The first article here.