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Founded by social enterprise Life at No.27, the campaign aims to demonstrate the power of gardening and its ability to “support anyone struggling with isolation, mental and physical ill health.”
Due to many of us spending a lot more time at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Growing for Wellbeing Week is the perfect opportunity to educate ourselves on how we can lead a more sustainable lifestyle, by growing our own produce.
The emotional benefits of gardening have been well documented. Studies have found spending time gardening can help people through a period of difficulty in their lives, helping them restore balance and regain control.
According to research sessions conducted by Thrive, 80% of participants reported better mental health as a result of gardening, with 93% saying they had improved their confidence and motivation.
Here, we have listed a few of the mental and physical wellbeing benefits of getting more involved with your garden:
Exercise - Research has found that a three to four hour session of gardening can burn as many calories as an hour at the gym. Which in turn, will help your body release endorphins resulting in an increased mood.
Reduces stress - Taking part in a physical activity such as gardening, allows us to distract our minds from everyday stressors and focus on the task at hand.
Self-esteem boost - By growing produce and keeping plants healthy, our self-esteem and confidence will receive a well-deserved boost.
Control - When your usual routine comes to a halt, it can make us feel as though we have less control in our life than we thought. Organising a garden or veg patch will help you regain control in one area of your life, resulting in a sense of achievement.
Getting involved with Growing for Wellbeing Week is easy; you just need to grow something! Whether is in your garden, allotment, on your balcony or inside the home, there are endless ways in which you can feel the positive effects of growing your own produce.
You don’t need a garden to reap the wellbeing rewards of growing your own produce. If you don’t have an outdoor space to grow vegetables or plants, here are a few alternative ways on how you get involved with Growing for Wellbeing Week:
Houseplants - affordable, easy to care for and offer an opportunity to experiment with planting and growing different plants.
Chilli and herb plants - simply require a windowsill, sunlight and a little care.
Regrow from scraps - don’t throw away scrap veg! There are many foods that you can regrow from scraps, such as potatoes, onions, garlic, kale and leeks. It’s free and doesn’t require a lot of space!
Starting a new hobby can be daunting for some, especially if they are unfamiliar with the project. We recommend that you begin with small, achievable tasks such as weeding, to help you take your mind off any worries or concerns you may have. Then, as your confidence builds, you can move onto larger projects.
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