By: Mission Healthy Living
April 29, 2019
April is Lawn and Garden Month and Stress Awareness Month. What better time to talk about the stress-busting benefits of growing and maintaining a home garden?
Both the American Heart Association and American Institute of Stress recommend working on a garden to reduce stress. Here are six ways tending to your own vegetables, fruits, herb and other plants can help:
- Reduces cortisol, the hormone most commonly associated with stress
- Improves focus and mindfulness, helping you concentrate on a single task and your breathing
- Boosts Vitamin D from sunlight exposure and “enhances your internal feel-good factor”
- Allows you to be creative
- Incorporates exercise, which is cited for is stress-reducing abilities
- Contributes to better nutrition when you consume the vegetables you grow
Source: American Institute of Stress
For more stress management tips, check out our previous post on managing the effects of everyday stress.