DID YOU KNOW? TWO HOURS A WEEK SPENT IN NATURE WILL DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING?
In a world filled with technology and ‘hustling’ our modern day lives can consume our time and our minds, making little head-space for anything else and thus causing us stress, irritability and lack of focus. We’ve all fallen into the trap of being ‘too busy,’ but we should be putting our health and well-being first. Good health, both physically and mentally, creates our quality of life. We should never be too busy to take care of ourselves.
Awareness of how our environment affects our mental and physical health has increased over the past few years, with many studies proving that nature, green spaces (and socialising too) increase the positive chemicals in our brains.
Spending just two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and we don’t mean achieving this by working within your garden.
You don’t need to really be doing anything, as long as you do it mindfully.
Being mindful focuses your attention onto the specific thing you’re doing at that moment in time or a specific place that you’re in, so you think about nothing else, shutting off the ‘noise’ in your mind from the busy lives we seem to have created.
If you want to improve your physical health too then garden can be a way to do this. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has carried out research into the benefit of gardening and they have found that spending half a hour digging will burn up to 250 calories while the same amount of time weeding could burn off 105 calories. Image how much fat burning you could do in just hour of mowing the lawn, weeding or raking and digging. They have also found that women over 50 who garden at least once a week have a higher bone density than women who take part in other forms of exercise. According to one report gardening was better than jogging, walking or aerobics. While you are outside you are also exposed to UVB rays of the sun which stimulate the production of vitamin D. This helps the body absorb calcium which is essential for healthy bones.
We want to create gardens that our clients can enjoy, unwind at the end of a busy day, and take in the colours, smells and sounds of their outdoor space. If you need to create a space that can help with your mindfulness then maybe Fullers can help you achieve it.