Proven Fact: Gardening Helps Immune System
The Benefits Of Dealing With Plants In Your Home
If you are looking for a new hobby while applying self-isolating, gardening is what you are looking for. Dealing with plants will not only fill your time, but will help you get rid of stress and relax, boost your confidence and boost your immune system. And when the critical situation is over, you will have a wonderful balcony, full of life.
It helps you get rid of stress
In a Dutch study, two groups were asked to complete a stressful task. Then, one group did gardening for 30 minutes, while the other group read indoors. The gardening team not only reported a better mood than the reading group, but also showed lower levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). Low levels of cortisol help boost our immune system, allow us to better digest food, boost our memory and are linked to preventing heart disease.
It boosts self-confidence
It is often difficult to see how we can make a difference in the world – how can we really measure small care actions?
With gardening, you can! You can see a plant grow and the buds bloom with your care. Many people, knowing that they can create beauty from beginning to end, with patience and care, feel more confident about performing other plans both at work and at home.
Helps deal with anxiety and depression
Mental health experts recommend connecting with nature, and gardening can help with stress and depression. The benefits come from both physical activity and the environment that is created – an environment of care and beauty.
Helps to stimulate
During gardening, you need to change different postures with your body and this can result in burning calories. Even if it is a gentle physical exercise (when it comes to plants on the balcony), the movement stimulates your body.
Strengthens the immune system
Exposure to soil and bacteria helps boost the immune system. Also, when you take care of your plants during the day, you boost vitamin D from sun exposure. But do not neglect the sunscreen even in winter.
What you need to get started:
- A pair of gardening gloves.
- A hand shovel.
- A waterproof pillow or a small mattress for the knees.
- A pruner – scissors.