We all dream of a vegetable garden, where we can grow our own food. They're famously relaxing spots, too — it's well-known that tending to tomato and aubergine plants can help us de-stress and unwind. Even if our garden is no bigger than one or two planters, we can still feel the mindful benefits from spending a few minutes outdoors with our seedlings. Read on to discover the three reasons why we find release and fulfilment in gardening.
From the office to the outdoors
Our modern lifestyles mean we all spend a lot of our time inside, working or studying. Sitting for too long is unhealthy for our minds, especially when our brains are working overtime. Deadlines and to-do lists give us a feeling of endlessness in our work, so a vegetable garden gives you the perfect excuse to close your laptop, get outside and start moving around. Feel the fresh air, listen to the birdsong, and delight in the spring breeze that clears your head of busyness.
Feel the dirt under your fingernails
Nature has provided us with a deeply restorative relaxation exercise that's delightfully free for all. Rooting around with your hands in the earth, carrying out tasks like preparing soil, sowing seeds and potting on, all helps us get back into contact with nature, breathe easier and relax. When we put down our phones and free our minds from distractions, we find ourselves enjoying the present moment, in a meditative state of mind. Our heart rate slows, our thoughts calm down, and green shoots begin to poke their way through the earth.
You don't need to hit a target
In the garden, you can leave behind work targets, the drive for success, and the pressure for results. Here, our sole goal is pleasure — and sometimes 28 ripe courgettes. But even if our plants don't yield a fruitful harvest, it doesn't matter, because we're outside. Each season, we learn by observing what has gone before, making improvements where necessary, but mainly allowing nature to take care of itself. Breathe deeply and enjoy.
Enjoy the fruits of your labours
The joy of gardening is that you don't have to do anything at all if you don't want to. But you can of course get started with making delicious home-grown products! How about a cake with fruit, or a delicious drink with strawberry and rosemary? After making these treats, it's time to get back to relaxing.