Weed Out the Blues: How Gardening Improves Mental Well-Being

Gardening in KentFrom keeping bushes neatly trimmed to caring for flowers as they bloom, the picture of gardening creates a scene of tranquillity. Scientifically, that is not all it does. The act of gardening proves itself as more than a pastime, as research proves that it has positive effects on the mental health as well.

The Urban Area Effect

When living in a crowded metropolitan area, it is possible to feel isolated even among the throngs of people. This then leads to high levels of stress because there is a lack of trees, of birds chirping in the morning, of crisp country breezes — in short, of surrounding nature.

Former Environment Agency chief scientist, Professor Michael Depledge, reports that people living in congested urban areas might be suffering in the same way wild animals feel when kept in captivity. Human beings, as animals who operate with higher cognitive functions, return to their roots and reduce their stress when they delve into gardening.

Oakleigh Manor agrees that while maintaining a garden could take significant time and effort, natural landscapes have calming effects on people. Even a photograph of these scenes is sometimes enough to relieve stress — take the traditional Microsoft desktop wallpaper, for instance.

Physical Benefits of Gardening

Apart from the aesthetic appeal and calming properties of gardening, it has its physical health benefits as well. In a recently released study, researchers discovered that women who live in areas with more vegetation have a 34% lower death rate due to lung infection and a 13% lower death rate due to cancer. Overall, women living near vegetation have a 12% lower mortality rate. They likewise engage in physical activities and socialise more frequently.

Not everyone can maintain a proper garden with a white picket fence — but maybe making your quality of life a little better only takes one potted plant at a time.