I want to encourage you to step back from your autopilot life because of the positive impact it can have on your health. Take a break from your same tedious routine and explore gardening! Why should I explore gardening you ask? Because I believe gardening can be one of the best natural medicines. It is evident that practicing gardening can have powerful improvements on stress levels. Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands conducted a study about the effects of gardening. Their study showed that cortisol levels were remarkably decreased by gardening. If gardening can improve your mood, imagine how it can change your life!
If you feel like you need a little spice in your daily work, then the time is now to begin using nature to our advantage.
I would suggest starting with seeds; perhaps flowers or vegetables (tomato, zucchini, cucumbers ,etc) . The reason I suggest starting with seeds is because it is cost effective and you have great variety. You can start by sowing (distributing the seeds) in your garden beds and watching them grow over the weeks. I promise, you will feel relaxed as you spend time in your garden. If you do not have a garden to start with, purchase a houseplant; perhaps a succulent, as they require little water and are fairly easy to take care of. Your state of mind will become better from spending less time stuck in the office (unless, of course you have an outdoors job). Watching a plant come to life will feel delightful and purposeful!
You will find that some plants won’t work out as best as others do. That is the fantastic part, though! The more mistakes made, the more you will learn. The more you learn, the more you will find yourself growing as a green-thumbed gardener!
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