Health benefits of green gardens

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan

Gardening Benefits

At Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, situated in a serene and picturesque location and in an enviably garden setting, it’s hard not to fall in love with every visit.

With more than 200 bird species, a range of local wildlife wondering the grounds and the willow-lined common located alongside the Lions River, relaxing with nature is easily achievable.

“We are incredibly proud of our green lush gardens and know they do wonders for ones well-being as well as provide lots of health benefits”, states General Manager, Sean Granger.

The first of these benefits being a healthy dose of vitamin D which increases your calcium levels, as well as aids your bones and immune system. We are much like plants, where our skin uses sunlight to make vitamin D, helping to strengthen bones and the immune system, and can also lower the risk of breast cancer, amongst others. But be sure to apply sunblock as getting sunburnt is not the goal here, just a little happy healthy sunshine.

Gardening also provides you with a work out, strengthening those muscles, burning kilojoules and just makes you feel physically good after some toiling. It can also prevent and control high blood pressure. A true point, gardening is definitely one of the healthiest hobbies you can develop.

These days we are hyper stressed and gardening is the answer in helping reduce stress, anxiety and even depression. Especially now all the negative news out there pertaining to illness, death, crime, and limited contact with family not living close by, it’s a big plus to see positive things, growth of plants and nature thriving. It also helps with building self-esteem and definitely makes you happy learning new tasks and focusing on a positive happy goal – and you get to be covered in dirt.

Another benefit from some good ol’ physical exercise is one sleeps so much better and, as one gets older, that’s a big plus.

Another interesting fact is that gardening can definitely help cognitive functioning of your brain and is a fantastic mood enhancer. It also helps with eco anxiety which provides you with a burdensome sense of guilt and being powerless to do anything about it. Gardening combats negative health effects, but remember, not to use power tools, do it naturally.

And if you grow some vegetables they will definitely help you eat healthier, eating fresh healthy produce, providing overall wellbeing.

So when next looking for inspiration on creating that beautiful garden, check into Granny Mouse Country House & Spa and be inspired.

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