While it’s a little annoying and sometimes stressful when plants die or don’t grow as well as they should, it’s scientifically proven that tending to plants provides countless psychological benefits. But why is gardening so good for us, and how exactly do plants benefit our mental health? Read on to find out more.
1-They relieve stress
Studies show that gardening for half an hour reduces cortisol levels, which is also known as the stress hormone. Plants really do help you disconnect from your daily stresses and improve your mood: no matter how small your balcony or terrace, tending to your plants increases your endorphins.
2-They keep you company
They might not talk, and you might only think of them as decorative, but plants are great company. You watch them grow every day and with any luck, they might even last for years. They can transport you to another place and evoke memories, perhaps of the person who gave them to you, or that special place you bought them…
Just like pets, plants require special attention, and taking care of them gives you a sense of responsibility. They’re also fantastic for children, as it allows them to take responsibility for watering the plants and gives them their first fun taste of gardening.
4-They purify the air
We all know that plants help generate oxygen and improve air quality, but on top of that, they also cool the air in the house in summer and help keep you warm in winter.
5-They’re great exercise
Yes, you read right! It may not seem like it but tending to plants keeps you moving. As well as being in contact with nature, gardening for 45 minutes burns about the same amount of calories as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.
Doing the fiddlier jobs such as pruning and planting seeds, etc. also helps improve your movement and coordination.
Owning plants allows you to connect with nature and its values without even realising it. You’ll eat more fruit and vegetables, and you’ll learn more.
It’s clear that owning plants has so many positives and with just a little bit of effort, you get so much more in return. Gardening provides countless benefits, but if you’re still not sold on the idea, remember that we’d be nothing without plants, as they provide us with purer air.