The Weather Is Perfect for Gardening!
By Donna Stark
You probably thank your lucky stars that you live in a warm climate when winter comes barreling down on your loved ones up north, don't you? Because while they are shoveling out from the snow and ice, you are able to head outside to do whatever you like. So, why don't you take advantage of your luck and engage in an outdoor activity that can improve your mental and physical health, boost your quality of life, and connect you with others? Want to know what it is? It's gardening and you will love it!
Garden Your Way to Better Health
Apart from collecting a little dirt under your nails, there really isn't anything bad to report about gardening. Gardening is an activity that can quiet the mind, provide extra nutrition to your diet, and keep your body moving. Truth be told, it may be just what the doctor ordered! Consider the following benefits if you are looking for something new to do.
- Reduces stress and depression - Did you know that gardening is considered an official form of treatment for mental health? That's right! Spending time outdoors and tending to your plants has been shown to reduce the levels of stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Encourages physical activity - There is no way you can take care of your plants by sitting on the couch, so in that respect, gardening is a great motivator to get your body moving! Digging, pruning, planting, and harvesting are more of a workout than you can imagine.
- Promotes better nutrition - Have you ever thought about planting your very own vegetable garden? Well, here's your chance! Head to your local nursery and find out what vegetables work best for your climate, then get busy! Who knows? You may even be able to grow so much that you can share with your neighbors.
- Delivers Vitamin D - Vitamin D is vital for optimal health, and although you can get it through fortified foods and supplements, it's more fun to get your daily dose from the sun! Just be sure to wear sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors for a long time.
- Strengthens connection with others - Of course you can use your gardening as a way to spend some time alone, but don't forget that it can also be used as a way to connect with others. Join your local gardening groups or invite your friends and family to help with the maintenance.
Plan Your Garden Today!
Whether you choose flowers, fruit trees, or vegetables, it doesn't get any better than to design and plant your very own garden. Just be sure to have plenty of soap on hand for those fingernails and don't forget to send some warm wishes to your loved ones who are still digging out from the snow.
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