Sure, we all know that planting a vegetable garden can put money in your pocket from the savings on grocery bills – but did you know that it can also help reduce stress in your life?
Stress wreaks havoc on our lives AND our overall health. It takes the joy out of many previously loved activities and causes headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, migraines, eating disorders, heart disease and much, much more. Stress is a part of everyone’s life. The small stressors that we deal with everyday are common place for all of us. How to use one car to deliver 3 children to 3 different locations in one hour, what to serve for the main meal at a dinner party of your boss, what to do about a report that is due tomorrow – these are situations that almost all of us find ourselves in t one time or another.
A vegetable garden is so easy to look after, gives you time in the fresh air and sun and provides you with a healthy alternative to canned and processed foods – all stress relievers.
The weekends are perfect to unwind and make up for stressful hours during a week-long of taxing hours spent at the workplace. Different people have different ways of getting rid of stress. Imagine if you have a vegetable garden in your backyard; just don your gardening attire, step out and you can immediately get in touch with nature and put behind you the stresses of life. Now compare that to a weekend at the beach. Just the long hours of travel, heavy traffic, and the additional expenses for gas and accommodation will only add to your already stressful life.
Relishing the sunlight
Getting enough sunlight while tending your vegetable garden alone will already significantly improve your mood. It’s also a great and productive way to have enough vitamin D, which is necessary for proper absorption of calcium in your body. Try to picture some of the happiest moments of your childhood; it is without a doubt that most of them were spent under the nourishing radiance of the sun.
Hours spent at the office means exposure to unnatural light. Not that it is bad to be exposed to light coming from incandescent bulbs, but the lack of being exposed to natural light of the sun is. For sure those skyscrapers are blocking out the sunlight from directly hitting your skin even as you walk to work in the morning.
You Are Surrounded With Life!
Being surrounded with plants alone is both invigorating and encouraging. Days and days spent indoors and at the workplace prevent us from getting in touch with nature, thus we tend to have limited means to appreciate everything that’s grand and beautiful in life. Picture yourself being surrounded with plants that teem with life and growth, and their edible parts improve the appetite and nourish the body with essential vitamins and minerals.
Having your own little piece of nature can help you get rid of stress. Just the sight of your vegetable garden growing in your own backyard helps gets rid of stress by giving you that rewarding feeling, knowing you raised those healthy plants with your own hands. Raking, digging, weeding, pruning and harvesting – all these activities done while planting vegetable gardens provide a constructive outlet for all the tensions that your body amassed during a week of stressful work.
Start small and as you achieve success with your garden you will want to increase your potential harvest by added more of your favorite vegetables. Tomatoes, carrots, beans – all yours for the picking! There is nothing comparable to the taste of fresh-picked vegetables either and growing organically only increases the superb quality and taste of your vegetables. No way can they compare to canned or frozen veggies from the supermarket!