What’s the perfect antidote to the modern world? Gardening. When you garden you connect to the Earth and experience instant calm. Gardening isn’t just about growing a source of fresh, healthy produce gardening can also ease stress, improve your mood and keep you limber. A recent Netherlands study showed that gardening fights stress better than other leisure activities. Two groups of people were instructed to read or garden for 30 minutes. The group that gardened had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than the ones who read.
Gardening also gives you better mental health. A study in Norway found that people diagnosed with depression who gardened six hours a day for three months had measurable improvement in their depression symptoms. Exercise is another benefit of gardening. The movement gets your blood moving and what’s not to love about being out in the fresh air and sunshine. Research also shows that gardening can help lower the risk of developing dementia. Adults who gardened were shown to have 47% lower risk for dementia than non-gardeners.