Thinking of taking up gardening in 2018?

January 23rd 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

Whatever the size of your Chigwell, Loughton of Woodford garden it will need to be looked after. If one of your new activities for 2018 is to get outside more or to find a new way to relax, or take up a new hobby and get fit, a daily dose of digging could do wonders.

Gardening can give you a really good workout it’s great for your heart and works all your core muscles. Pulling weeds, stretching for various plants and tools and bending as you plant also helps your strength, stamina, and flexibility. When the sun does come out make the most of it. A crisp  winter's day offers an ideal opportunity to rake up those last remaining leaves at the same time as  getting  some vitamin D into your and burning off some of those Christmas calories.

Gardening can also be good for your mental health especially if you suffer from high levels of anxiety or depression, spending time in the garden can help you take stock of this. For many people the simple act of tending to something, looking after it, seeing it grow and flourish over time is also hugely rewarding. Any garden in any season can really help us be in the now and practice mindfulness.

Being in the fresh air at any time of year is also know to help  you sleep better and combining that with some physical work in the garden can improve your quality of sleep. Your Chigwell, Loughton or wood ford garden will also probably benefit too!