In the modern world, full of stresses and an overwhelming amount of external stimuli, tranquillity and relaxation can sometimes feel a million miles away. With increasing levels of depression and anxiety among adults and young people alike, it is more important than ever to consider our mental wellbeing.
At times, putting ourselves first and focussing on our minds is necessary, but it can be difficult knowing how. One proven method of improving your mental wellbeing is through a connection with nature and green spaces. If you have a garden or outdoor area, this can have a profoundly positive impact on your mind and overall wellbeing.
Here is GroundForce’s guide to the benefits of greenery on mental health.
As humans, we sometimes forget that we are part of the natural world ourselves. As an advanced society it is easy to become detached from nature and the environment we belong to. Regularly spending time in a green space such as a garden, is scientifically proven to reduce stress levels and increase feelings of calm.
Immersing yourself in a setting that is detached from the stress and stimulation of everyday life gives your mind a chance to relax and ground itself in the present moment, free of distraction and worry.
In addition to the reduction of stress, multiple studies have proved that spending time outdoors in a natural environment actually increases an individual’s levels of happiness and joy. Being outdoors increases your intake of vitamin d and sunlight, which in turn boosts your serotonin levels (the chemical that keeps us happy) and adds to an overall sense of wellbeing.
Just 5-15 minutes of outdoor exposure a few times per week is enough to boost your vitamin D and serotonin levels; gardens are the perfect space for this as they are secluded and easily accessible.
One of the most rewarding activities that can be done outdoors is gardening. No matter the size of your outdoor area, be it a small patio or a full-on forest, everyone can involve themselves in some green-fingered goodness. Gardening is proven to significantly improve mental health in a number of ways.
From the sense of achievement, productivity and focus achieved through gardening, to the time spent surrounded by nature and fresh air, it is no wonder that this simple age-old pleasure does wonders for our minds.
Transform Your Garden Space With GroundForce
If you’re considering transforming an outdoor area or garden space into a green haven, look no further than GroundForce. Our specialised soft landscaping services take pride in turning gardens and commercial land across Devon into vibrant green spaces.