Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul ~ Luther Burbank
It happens to all of us at one time or another. Whether it’s an issue in our personal lives, at work or something inexplicable, we all get a dose of the blues every once in a while.
Although you might want to sit around feeling mardy and sorry for yourself being down isn’t much fun, and hiding form the world is no way to combat those feelings in a positive way.
Gardening is a great way to get yourself out of a funk. Here’s how a bit of time with the shrubs can help to brighten your outlook on life as well as your lawn.
Fresh air – Getting out in the sunshine can do wonders for your complexion. It might be hard to motivate yourself when the weather turns, but when it’s drizzly at least the flowers are happy!
Socialising – Gardening doesn’t have to be a solo activity. Try planting on an allotment and you’ll meet lots of like-minded people who can help lift your mood.
Projects – If you find yourself dwelling on the negatives, a garden project can help occupy your mind. Plant a new flowerbed, fix up the shed or dig a pond. The sense of achievement will be worth the sweat on your brow. Better yet, get involved in a planned project with your community or local gardening group. This way you can get the same sense of achievement while making new friends.
Reflection – Gardening can provide a relaxing, peaceful task to busy your hands, freeing up your mind to ponder the bigger questions in your life. Dedicating some time to thinking and being in your own head space may lead to a positive change in perspective.
Exercise – Sitting sedentary indoors isn’t going to help you shift those negative feelings. Gardening, as well as being a tranquil pastime, can also be green-thumbed, blister-handed, muscle-building carnage.
Work out some of that inner turmoil with a shovel and hammer. Make some major changes, do some landscaping, and by the end of it you’ll have made an improvement to your environment, your physique and your mental state.
True, gardening is not a guaranteed cure for the dark things you may be feeling. But taking some time out to do something enjoyable in the fresh air may help you to reassess your situation and get your head straight.
There are of course the outside benefits of gardening themselves, such as the creation of a beautiful space for you to enjoy, and quite possible an improvement to your physique and fitness.
Written by Grant Bailey
Grant is a writer for Coblands. He is an occasional gardener and frequent garden-enjoyer, he’s looking forward to a hot summer on the lawn with a good book.
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