Gardening – A Brilliantly Mindful Pastime To Consider
Life can really be quite stressful from time to time, which is why it’s important that you have tried-and-tested ways of winding down, relaxing and getting away from it all, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking the time to prioritise self-care is a must if you want to protect your health and sense of wellbeing – and be on top form for your family and friends.
And it certainly seems as though people are really starting to get clued up to this idea, with new research revealing that artistic and home-based hobbies and pursuits are set to become some of the most popular ways to spend time this year.
Painting, drawing, creative writing and model building are proving of serious interest right now, while the likes of cross stitch, calligraphy and origami are also surging in popularity – even surpassing rugby, football and netball.
We love the idea of being more mindful and taking the time to pursue a particular interest of yours and if none of the above sound especially interesting, what about getting outside and trying your hand at gardening instead?
If you don’t think you have green fingers and thumbs, don’t worry – gardening is like anything… practice makes perfect! Of course, you’re not going to know what you’re doing at first but after a while you’ll get a feel for it… and if you’re really struggling with your outdoor spaces, you can always call out Somerset landscaping company Andrew Tabor to come and give you some sage advice and lots of help with the weeding.
What’s great about gardening as a mindful activity is that it not only gives you the opportunity to learn new skills and watch the fruits of your labour sprout up right in front of your eyes, but it also means you’re spending an awful lot more time outside, which can only be good for your health. Just make sure you bundle up in winter and wear sun cream in summer!
It’s also possible to do it no matter what kind of living situation you find yourself in. If you’re blessed with a huge garden, you’re sure to have a great time bringing it to life and creating a wonderful outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy.
But equally, if you live in a small flat or townhouse and don’t have much in the way of a garden, you can still exercise your green fingers by growing your own herbs on your windowsill or perhaps starting off a collection of succulents.
This latter option is a good idea if you’re new to growing plants, because they require little maintenance and are very hardy – so even if you think you have black thumbs, you should see some gardening success quite quickly.