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5 Ways Mindful Gardening Can Help You

Mindful gardening is a therapeutic mindfulness activity that empowers you to find balance as you journey through life. The simple act of immersing yourself in gardening helps you become aware of your inner strengths.

You release negative energies as you consciously devote time to put your mind into gardening. Aside from finding balance and clarity, there are many ways mindful gardening can help you.

But before we deep dive into these benefits of mindful gardening, let's define mindful gardening.

What is Mindful Gardening?

Mindful gardening is the conscious act of being emotionally and physically present in carrying out garden activities.

So, here are 5 amazing ways mindful gardening can help become better:

1. Improves your self-esteem

"The soil is a natural antidepressant and has special microbes that release serotonin to help heal your mind naturally." — Nikki Garden

Nikki Garden shared how the simple act of planting, nurturing, and seeing plants grow can positively impact your mind and self-esteem. Gardening has been scientifically proven to improve your mind and self-esteem.

Mindful gardening gives you this sense of fulfillment knowing that you can reach your full potential if you put your mind to it. Gardeners who spend time in the garden are less anxious and their mind tends to improve.

Plus, mindful gardening helps reduce depression which can negatively affect your self-esteem. Because when you're anxious, depressed, and fatigued, your self-esteem suffers.

But through mindful gardening, your self-confidence is boosted.

2. Nature is healing

"Nature is healing. Sometimes mindful gardening comes as a form of escapism for me – I often spend hours gardening. Especially on low days, gardening allows me to shift my focus and nurture something to live." — Chauntelle JN Lewis.

Chauntelle JN Lewis shared how mindful gardening brings her healing through escapism. And she ends up healing from those things after mindful gardening.

Mindful gardening goes as far as healing your mind, which is where bodily healing starts from. Once you start practicing mindful gardening, you'll start experiencing mindful healing. After which every other form of healing takes place.

3. Helps you practice gratitude

Mindful gardening has a way of making you count your blessings rather than your worries. A blossoming garden gives you a true reason to be thankful for both the big and small things. Research has found that working with plants in the garden has psychological, social, and spiritual benefits. Research participants said that gardening activities helped them to develop patience and peacefulness, and relieve stress.

If you've noticed, when you're grateful, all of your anxieties are suppressed. You're not worried about your shortcomings because you're more thankful when you spend time in the garden.

Mindful gardening also helps you meditate better. While meditating in the garden, note the things you're grateful for to remind yourself of those forgotten wins.

4. Positively impacts your physical health

"As I take care of my plants, they take care of me. Watching things grow has also taught me patience." — Jean Wandimi

Jane Wandimi started practicing mindful gardening in 2020, and that has been the best thing to happen to her.

According to medical studies, green spaces positively impact your physical health. And a garden is one of the green spaces where you get this health benefit.

Your blood pressure being lowered is one of the amazing benefits of gardening. Not only your blood pressure but other forms of cardiovascular issues can be improved through gardening.

As mentioned earlier, whatever improves your mind, has the power to improve your physical well-being. You're healthier in and out when you make gardening one of your mindfulness activities.