Is your garden in need of a pick-me-up?
Read on for tips on how to make the most of your space and learn about the relationship between gardening and mental health:
1- Gardening and Mental Health: Take Some Time to Re-arrange Your Garden Space
While gardens are a beautiful labour of love, it’s important to create a space where you feel free of constraints. When standing in your garden, take a moment to notice the layout and the emotions that surround it. Does your garden feel restricting, cramped and messy? If so, it’s time to make a change.
Gardening and mental health both require space to explore your thoughts and ideas. If you’re struggling with cluttered thoughts, your garden should act as a spacious and calm oasis, enabling you to relax and think freely.
Start small and try moving some garden furniture or cutting some foliage back to create more space and see how it helps to spruce up your garden.
2 – Make Your Garden into a Home-Away-from-Home
Gardening and mental health go hand-in-hand when creating a home-away-from-home in your back garden. It is a known fact that the feeling of going on holiday provides us with a boost of bliss and serotonin, so why not incorporate this into your outdoor space?
Spruce up your garden by creating a space that’s separate from the rest, filling it with seating, fun garden ornaments and beautiful tropical plants and shrubs to bring that happy holiday feeling home. At our Abbey Rose home, we’ve taken this advice by installing a waterfall in our gardens for our residents to enjoy.
3 – Fill Your Garden with Colour!
Filling your garden with colour is one of the best ways to improve your gardening and mental health. Sprucing up your garden with the beautiful colours of perennial flowers can produce endorphins and release serotonin for a boost to your mental health, whilst also giving your garden a new lease of life.
4 – Use Different Textures and Materials to Engage Your Senses
Using different elements within your garden helps to give it dimension and intrigue, making it a feast for the senses and allowing your mind to focus on what’s around you rather than any intrusive thoughts.
To improve both your garden and your mental health, try and incorporate a range of different materials and sensory objects in your garden, like we have done for residents in our Meadow Rose home. For example, why not spruce up your garden by including different kinds of garden furniture, a mixture of textured plants and aspects of water and stone?
5 – Try Growing Your Own Produce
Give yourself the feeling of success on an everyday basis by starting to grow your own produce. Plantables like herbs, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries are a brilliant way to start your own kitchen garden. Not only will this rejuvenate your garden with new and interesting plants, but it will give you a project to focus on, helping to clear your mind.
There are many benefits to using home-grown ingredients in the kitchen, and reaching the goal of growing the perfect product releases serotonin that helps to uplift your mood!
6 – Bring the Outside in
Sitting inside all day can have an impact on our mental health, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to go and sit outside. Why not spruce up your outside space by making a cohesive outdoor/indoor space that complements the flow of your home and garden?
Something as simple as adding an outdoor dining area can open up your home, making your home and garden a combined space and encouraging more time outside, improving the look and practicality of your garden as well as contributing to a clearer mind.
At Macc Care, we really do believe in the relationship between gardening and mental health, ensuring that the gardens at all of our homes are a tranquil and happy place for our residents and their families. Take a look at our website for more information.
Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog to learn about Cheryl’s Carer Award?