change the way you feel

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the way in which gardening is helping people to change their lives: particularly people with mental health issues, disabilities or suffering from loneliness. Research has discovered that gardening can help reduce anxiety, improve cognitive recall, help with dementia, help combat isolation, improve physical health and stamina and make us feel good by releasing the brain chemical serotonin – the same chemical released when eating a bar of chocolate.

Maple leaves

People are brought together when they have a garden or allotment to care for. They learn how to care for something and reap rewards whether in flowers or produce. It might be the only place where they feel able to relax, can communicate with others, help with learning new practical skills/teamwork and planning.  Gardening can make you feel happier, healthier and more confident and give structure to your day.

Gardening has always been a pleasurable pastime for me and even when I have been without a garden I have always enjoyed visiting other gardens and having a few houseplants or container plants around me. There is so much that gardening can give you: from the benefits of simply being outdoors to the joy of seeing something grow from a seed. I can easily while away an hour or two just pottering around my own garden (and it’s not even very big!) doing a bit of dead-heading, weeding, clearing up dead leaves, redesigning parts of the borders, watching the bees and butterflies visiting and just enjoying the flowers. Photographing flowers is a bit of a passion too and getting that perfect shot can take a lot of time and patience and luck.

Visiting gardens open to the public is another of my ways of relaxing, there I can admire the way a garden has been designed, the combinations of the flower types, colours and structures. I can take away ideas for my own garden and dream about ‘what if.’

Goodnestone Park Gardens

Gardening is fun and creative, it gets you out into the fresh air and is a good form of exercise. Gardening can make you feel good and improve your mental and emotional well-being. And it can be done anywhere by anyone.

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  1. All so true! Your photos are beautiful too 😊🌹

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment.

  2. Love that last shot. Is it a rudbekia? You know my plant knowledge, as most things, is suspect. 🙂 🙂 If she can, Lisa loves to get Leo involved in the garden. He’s great for the digging and umpty and she’s a natural born gardener. Everything flourishes in her hands. Not a bad gift to have. ‘m wondering if there’s a local group or allotment scheme he could lend a hand in because it could be beneficial. Wrong time of year though. 😦

    1. Heyjude says:

      For some reason this comment ended up in the trash! Anyway I have retrieved it! The last photo is of Heleniums (Sneezeweed) my favourite autumn flowers. I have bought two varieties this year, so hope they can defeat the S&S and provide me with some lovely blooms next year. Do Lisa and Leo have a garden then? It is a great way to relax in and yes, joining a local garden group or getting an allotment could well be beneficial for him. Maybe a suggestion when they are over visiting you next week?

  3. Gardening is a spiritual experience for me. Love your photos!

  4. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you, I appreciate your comment.

  5. Jude, the perfect marriage of beautiful photos and thoughtful words! The joy of gardening cannot be underestimated – it certainly keeps me happy, although a bar of chocolate is good on occasion too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have to confess to enjoying chocolate. And red wine. Good job I have the garden to give me some form of exercise!!

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