Do you want to start a new hobby? A hobby that reduces stress, makes you feel fresh or happy. Would you like to start gardening? But do you live in an apartment and think that you need a proper garden for it? Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you should live without plants.
It’s been over 4 years since I started gardening. My experience has been amazing. I live in an apartment so my gardening endeavor started off with just three pots. Now my apartment’s balcony is full of plants. During this journey, I have noticed that spending even 10 minutes a day made me feel fresh and happy. My daily gardening activity involves watering plants. It’s really soothing to see the plants grow.
There are many reasons to start this hobby. Gardening is not only enjoyable but it has health benefits too.
Gardening improves your mental health and relieves your stress. According to the recent research by Bakker Spalding it was found that 88% of people felt mentally better after spending time in the garden. Also, according to Wageningen University and Research Center, gardening can help in reducing stress levels as it reduces the level of cortisol (the stress hormone). I have experienced this myself and can assure this.
Gardening not only keeps you active but because of reduction in stress level it can prevent heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases.
According to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease gardening can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 50%. Another research found that gardening is very engaging for dementia patients and can have a positive impact on their life.
Just start with 2-3 plants in your balcony and experience this amazing hobby. If you still don’t feel inspired then just start any activity you love, as it works like tranquil for you. ‘Do what you love’, as written in my previous blog (Pineapple Cream Cheese Dessert) and your stress will be reduced.