Have you got the January blues? Then why not get Gardening?

 

January can sometimes be seen as a time when we battles the blues! But here at Bents we believe there is an easy, free and proven way to lighten the mood and relax the mind, and the solution lies no further than your own back garden.

 

Longstanding research from the Horticultural Trade Association suggests that 20 minutes spent outside each day, whether just enjoying green space or tending to plants, can help reduce stress and improve mood.

 

And we believe everyone can benefit whether you have a tiny courtyard or a garden the size of a playing field.  There are so many ways to enjoy the beauty of plants and flowers from full blown flower beds to individual pots and containers, which can be crammed into the smallest of spaces.

 

It’s hard not to get drawn into daily worries but it’s important to keep positive and there is no better way to do so than by getting outdoors for a good dose of gardening.

Gardening not only helps reduce stress and improve mood, but it also helps physical well-being by providing a great form of all-round exercise, utilizing all major muscle groups.  Digging, raking and cleaning are all jobs that need to be done, but at the same time they are helping the heart.  Gardening is a great hobby, not only does it brighten up your environmentand provide visual pleasure but it is good for your health!

Divert the mind with these great ideas for gardening exercise…

Raking

Weeding

Trimming trees and shrubs

Digging compost

Sweeping

Painting fences

Cleaning tools

 

And the benefits plants can bring aren’t restricted to the garden.  Considered to be ‘Clean Air Machines’, houseplants can also have a huge impact on mood and concentration.  Continuously working, they help filter out pollutants and release oxygen and moisture into the atmosphere, adding to the overall health benefits offered by mother nature.