Gardening Is Good For You
Gardening comes in many forms – a huge plot of land, a small patch of ground in your yard, small containers on your patio, little pots around the house. No matter your design, there are many benefits, both mental and physical, for your health.
In addition to helping with reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms, stress, mood disturbance, and BMI, gardening has been shown to increase quality of life, sense of community, physical activity levels, and cognitive function. Gardening helps your heart get stronger, and your self-esteem grows. Thanks to beneficial bacteria found in soil, gardening may improve your immune system, helping you get sick less and fight off infections easier.
Additionally, growing plants helps your brain. The mycobacterium found in soil can improve brain functions while boosting moods. It increases serotonin produced in the brain (also known as the “happy” chemical). So, by getting your hands dirty, you’re also making your brain happy! In addition to adding beauty to the world, gardens help local wildlife.
There are also some great lessons to learn from gardening. Here are a few we can glean from playing in the dirt:
- Learning to look at things from a different perspective can save you a lot of heartache.
- Optimism is important.
- The most beautiful things in life are sandwiched between a rock and a hard place.
- It’s okay to be alone sometimes.
- Every good thing requires hard work.
- Failure is the necessary stepping-stone to success.
- The unexpected can often be beautiful and magnificent..
Now, with Colorful Creations By Cheryl, you can easily factor in adding some colorful art to your garden (see my blog Why Art Is Good For You). Do you want some fun markers to identify your upcoming vegetables?
Do you want some fun critters to sneak a peek among your flowers or plants?
Or how about a lovely memorial in your garden for a special loved one?
Here are some fun rocks that were turned in to their own design:
I’ve also taken some old, tired, and plain garden decorations that needed some revitalization – and given them some new life and color.
Do you have any yard art that could use some happiness?
To see some more Before and After photos, check out the About page at Colorful Creations By Cheryl.com
For more information, visit colorfulcreationsbycheryl.com. Can I turn something into beautiful yard art for you? Can I paint a customized rock as a memorial for a loved one (a person or a pet)? Do you want a unique gift but don’t know exactly what to get? Reach out to me at [email protected] and I’ll be happy to personalize something for you. Let’s come up with some great ideas together.