It’s been a cold winter here in Houston! How are you holding up? Are you already over the winter days of curling up inside? Are you ready to get outside? One of the many perks of homeownership is that if you have outdoor space, or even indoor space, you can incorporate gardening as one of your homeowner hobbies.
The Keller Williams Memorial real estate team is here to fill you in on why gardening is quickly becoming a new health trend. From the physical exercise you get from digging and weeding, to the mental health benefits, it’s no wonder people feel better when being one with the foliage in their own backyard or home! In fact, doctors in London have started to incorporate gardening therapy with their patients.
Here are some of the benefits gardening has been found to have, via House Beautiful:
1. Gardening can help with mental health, as working with soil has been found to have positive effects on easing depression. Studies have found that this may be due to the friendly bacteria found in soil, which could benefit many health-related issues. Also, the meditative state that many find themselves in while completing their gardening tasks is beneficial.
2. Gardening incorporates mindfulness. If you don’t have time for meditation, or your brain never stops, try gardening! Mindfulness tends to naturally come with focusing on your gardening task at hand, and getting your hands dirty. This is found to help with anxiety, insomnia and better productivity. While baking or knitting could have this effect as well, gardening literally connects us with the earth, which is an added bonus.
3. Gardening can boost brain health. Gardening exercises both the mind and the body. You need to use your brain to learn how to garden, to solve issues, to carry out all basic functions, etc., which leads to active minds. Numerous studies have shown gardening to be beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Gardening can also make you physically stronger, after squatting down, lifting pots, pushing barrels, weeding, shoveling, etc. Studies have shown gardening to also reduce pain, improve attention, lessen stress and reduce the number of falls.
As you can see, there are many potential benefits of gardening! If you don’t have room outside, you can always incorporate potted plants into your interior decorating, and use the light from windows or plant lights to help. If you don’t know where or how to get started, you could hire a professional landscaper to begin your gardens, and then you could maintain them after that.
It’s wise to also mention that a nicely landscaped yard could improve the value of your Houston home! Something to keep in mind when you go to sell your home.