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It’s easy to lose yourself in gardening, tending to plants and pottering about your plot. We seem to escape the pressures of everyday life and feel close to nature so it’s no surprise that gardening is good for you!

Studies have shown the wide range of health benefits from gardening such as reductions in depression and anxiety, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life and sense of community.

Let’s use our garden as a place of relaxation and restoration as well as gardening for gentle exercise and improved wellbeing.

1. Gardening is great exercise releasing endorphins that also make us feel happy

2. Gardening connects us with nature which puts us at ease and helps us to relax

3. Gardening gives us responsibility; we can see progress and reap the rewards

4. Growing tasty fruits and vegetables helps us lead a healthy, nutritious lifestyle

5. Planting flowers and other plants helps benefit local wildlife and the ecosystem

6. It’s a wholesome hobby for the whole family to enjoy

As a gentle form of exercise, a Harvard study revealed that just 30 minutes of gardening activities such as raking, weeding or digging can burn as many calories as playing badminton, yoga or horse riding!

And as with all forms of exercise, it releases endorphins – those natural happy chemicals that leaving us feeling good, improving our mood and reducing stress. Interestingly, getting your hands dirty in the garden can also improve your mood as research has discovered that certain bacterium in the soil stimulate the production of serotonin and boost our immunity! How incredible is that?

Adding a dash of greenery into your home brings so many benefits with it! Not only does it give that drab corner a splash of colour but can also reduce stress, make you feel more energized and enables you to think more clearly.

Houseplants give you a sense of responsibility too and most are quite low maintenance, so it’s very easy to learn how to look after them.

With so many varieties to choose from, our expert team have selected the four houseplants that can really increase your sense of wellbeing.

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