3 Benefits of Doing Garden Work
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With the recent lockdowns that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic, many people from all around the world have had to get more accustomed with finding ways to occupy and entertain themselves in their own homes.
With the northern hemisphere now enjoying summer, it’s the perfect moment to enjoy and take advantage of your garden – whether you are going to be planting a new lawn courtesy of The Grass People, or reading under the shadow of a tree.
Here are a few benefits of working in the garden.
It can help to give you a sense of perspective and clear your head after being trapped indoors too much
With much of the world being in more or less a state of suspended animation recently, there’s a good chance that quite a few people have been experiencing at least some degree of cabin fever and boredom.
But whether you’ve been stuck indoors due to quarantine, working mostly from home, or have just been indoors a bit too much in general for other reasons, spending too much time inside can have detrimental effects on your sense of well-being and your sense of perspective, too.
Spending some time in the garden, breathing in the fresh air, with the sky above you, and the grass beneath your feet, can be an excellent way of adjusting your setting and regaining a much-needed sense of perspective.
You may well find that you’re better able to think of solutions to any problems that have been on your mind when you spend a while working in the garden.
Gardening can serve as a great physical meditative exercise
When you hear the word “meditation,” you probably think of some guru sitting cross-legged, chanting mantras.
While meditation is generally a seated practice involving focusing on your breath, a mantra, or another object, gardening can provide many of the same benefits and can be a great “physical meditative exercise.”
When all is said and done, the key of mindfulness meditation practice is to get you to focus less on your thoughts, and more on something else. Gardening can be a great way of shifting your perspective a bit, and feeling less wrapped up in your own ruminations.
It can be really fulfilling and uplifting to see the effect you can have on your garden, and to watch things grow
There’s just something really innately satisfying and uplifting about doing some work for a period of time, and then seeing the positive results in front of you, directly and vividly.
When you work in the garden, you will be able to enjoy that wholesome sense of fulfilment that comes with making a real impact on a particular space.
On a longer-term scale, it’s also deeply rewarding and life-affirming to watch things grow, and to see the seeds you have sown literally bear fruit after the right period of time has elapsed.
Particularly if you’re finding yourself stressed and preoccupied as a whole, this can be a very soothing and uplifting thing.