Spend time outdoors in the Spring sunshine and boost your health!
In honour of National Garden Month next month, why not stop to smell the roses and maybe even plant a few of your own?
5 Reasons to Get Out in the Garden This Month
- Relieve stress and anxiety – I think after the year we have all had we are all harbouring a certain amount of stress and anxiety. Gardening is proven to lower cortisol levels in your brain. Cortisol helps to sustain body functions and is known as the “stress hormone”. If you have too much cortisol, your blood pressure and glucose levels can fluctuate. However, by getting handy with a trowel you can show that cortisol, and weeds, who’s boss!
- Improve your immune system – We all know gardening can get a little messy. It turns out, a little dirt will not hurt you – it might actually help!
Studies show that Mycobacterium Vaccae – the bacteria that is found in garden soil, can have a positive effect on your immune system. This “friendly” bacteria have been known to alleviate allergies, asthma, psoriasis and even depression.
- May reduce the risk of dementia – Gardening may lower the risk of dementia by as much as 36%. Gardening requires the use of many critical functions such as dexterity and sensory awareness, so by spending even a small amount of time outdoors on a regular basis, we can maintain motor skills and improve endurance and strength.
- Great exercise! – It may not be a vigorous activity like swimming or bike riding, gardening does provide a great deal of physical activity and even light exercise can help slow down the aging process. It is always a good idea to do some light stretching before and after spending time in the vegetable patch so to avoid any injury.
- Enjoy the fresh air – it can do amazing things for your mood and your health. Sunshine makes your body to produce vitamin D and boosts the serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical that improves your mood and helps you feel calm and centred. For anyone suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), a form of depression that happens with the change of seasons, this can really help boost your mental and emotional health.
Be careful while out in the sun and remember to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and sunburn by wearing and SPF, sunglasses and a hat when you are outdoors.
If reading this makes you want to spend more time outdoors this spring, consider a hobby like gardening that will benefit your physical, mental and emotional health.
Our carers are always on hand to help with companionship and helping to enable our clients to carry on with hobbies and things that they love including a trip to the garden centre. If you would like more information on how we can help you to keep living your life to the full, get in touch today!