Vegetable Gardens for Stress Relief

More than reducing the sum of money allocated for food, there is another very beneficial effect to vegetable garden planting that will really give your health a tremendous boost: it’s called stress relief.

We all know how stress wreaks havoc to our overall health. Aside from the more obvious fact that stress takes joy and serenity out of our lives, it is also the root of many illnesses known to man. The negative effects of stress in our lives can and will bring numerous problems such as: heart diseases, depression, migraines, eating disorders–just to name a few.

Having your own backyard vegetable garden is an easy and highly accessible method of stress relief. Since a vegetable garden is easier to look after than one with ornamental plants, you know that working on your garden simply will not create additional stress.

The weekends are a perfect time to unwind and make up for those stressful hours spent at the workplace during the week. Different people have different ways of getting rid of stress. Just imagine if you had a vegetable garden in your backyard; just don your gardening attire, step out into your yard and you will immediately be in touch with nature, all the while putting behind the stresses of life. Now compare that to a weekend at the beach. The long hours of travel, heavy traffic, and the additional expense for gas and accommodations, will only add to your already stressful life.

Relishing the sunlight

Getting enough sunlight while vegetable garden planting alone will already significantly improve your mood. It’s also a great and productive way to obtain enough natural 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 probably 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.

Attending to the needs of your vegetable garden in the backyard is a great opportunity to get plenty of sunlight. However, it is best that you avoid gardening between 11 am to 3 pm as the sun will most likely cause irreversible skin damage or cancer.

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, therefore 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. The sight of your vegetable garden alone gets rid of stress by giving you a rewarding feeling, knowing you raised those healthy plants with your very own hands. Raking, digging, weeding, pruning and harvesting – all these activities you preformed while vegetable garden planting provided you with a constructive outlet for all the tensions that the body amassed during a week of stressful work.

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here! There you will find one of 12 free bonus books on Building a Backyard Vegetable Garden….with instructions and pictures to help! Find out more about Holistic Health~Alternative Medicine!

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