This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s no surprise that spending time in nature or in a garden has direct benefits to your mental health and overall wellness. It’s grounding, healing, and therapeutic. It pries us from our desks for a reprieve from daily responsibilities. It’s imperative to spend time outside, and the research proves it.
Data reveals that exposure to green space (such as a garden) reduces the risk of various chronic diseases, like high blood pressure and type II diabetes. Beyond our physical health, spending time in nature also improves our mental wellbeing, social ties, and financial stability. Living in Colorado, there’s always an excuse to get outside — sun or snow, nothing is more inviting than fresh, mountain air.
Gardening for Overall Wellness and Improved Mental Health
Speaking of the outdoors, gardening is a wonderful way to get your hands dirty, learn a new skill, and nourish your body. Whether you have space for a raised garden bed or have limited room for windowsill herbs, gardening is beneficial for your overall health. It combines physical activity with social interaction and exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D — from sunlight — lowers blood pressure, supports hormones, and strengthens immunity.
Furthermore, what you’re growing has a positive impact on your diet. When you have fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs in your backyard, you’re much more likely to reach for these ingredients when you’re cooking. Whole foods are filled with a variety of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Plus, they taste remarkably fresh. After all, produce picked at peak season is more nutritious and flavorful.
To read the rest of my post — including how to build a garden in a small space — hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.