Gardening for Mental Health
As we self-isolate for Covid19 looking after our mental health becomes even more important, and this is where your garden or any outside space can help. Gardening for mental health has proven benefits
- Getting outside in the fresh air
- Reconnecting with nature
- Being present as you listen to birdsong and feel the soil between your fingers
- Delighting in the flowers, the trees and shrubs breaking into leaf
- Observing the subtle daily changes in your garden as spring progresses
Encourage wildlife into your space
When you spend time enjoying outdoors, try to encourage birds. Try putting up some bird feeders. The birds are hungry as they build nests and raise their chicks. They will welcome easy food provided by you.
If you have space, another way to garden for wildlife is to establish a wild area in your garden, this can be a strip of grass left uncut, a small pile of wood or a pond. Ponds can be as small as a washing up bowl and as shallow as a dustbin lid, as long as birds and small animals can enter and leave the pond easily. Use stones to make a shallow way in and out of the water.
Care We Share is the platform to help break down the barriers of isolation. Creating your network of contacts reminds you of all the goodwill in your community; all the people who are by your side, physically and virtually, who want to help. Putting out a “call for help” to the community means the person available will respond, changing your duty into their delight. And it is not all work, many of our users create regular ‘calls for help’ to arrange social events.
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