Our mental health following the last 14 months has never been more important. We are lucky in our industry to not only be open and functioning in full, but also to be spending so much time outdoors. This is the case even during the winter when we gain the benefit of the great outdoors and the maximum possible daylight and sunshine that is available in the UK! With our social interactions limited, for many of those less mobile, isolated, living alone, and working from home, 2021 hasn't been so kind. There is also the anxiety of the steady return to 'normal' that we are now moving through, and our perception of risk. Spending time with nature is hugely beneficial for everyone but especially helpful for those with mental health challenges. The idea of having a peaceful, safe haven just the other side of the kitchen window is incredibly soothing - our gardens are fantastic places for our own health and the health of the environment.
How Gardening and Your Lawn Aids Mental Health
Spending time bringing outdoor spaces into your everyday life brings a range of benefits to our physical and mental wellbeing. This doesn't only apply to gardening, but exercise also. It
Improves your mood
Reduces feelings of stress or anger
Helps you take time out and feel more relaxed
Improves your physical health
Improves your confidence and self-esteem
Helps you be more active
Helps you make new connections
Provides peer support.
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The Health Benefits of Grass
We are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental health benefits of natural grass which become all the more striking when placed alongside its non-living, single use plastic counterpart. It is widely recognised that natural grass reduces noise, heat and improves air quality.
Comprehensive research continues to be compiled from around the world on the health benefits of grass - if that be lawns, parks and sports playing surfaces.
The Significance of Greenery
Have you ever noticed that the colour green has the unique ability to chance your mood for the better? Research from verywellmind.com have delved into colour psychology, where different colours can evoke psychological reactions. Let us know in the comments how the colour green makes you feel. "Nature's Colour" is shown to promote feelings of health, restfulness and to provide a calming effect in relieving stress. 'Green' even gets used in the name of a number of lawn care services! All that is left for us to say is Get Outdoors! As if the sluggish upturn in temperatures were timed perfectly for Mental Health Awareness Week, it's been brilliant to start the month of May with trees coming into leaf and all the additional greenery associated with late-spring coming through.