The Benefits of Gardening For Your Health & Mind

I know what you’re probably thinking. Why is she writing about gardening in December?  You might have snow on the ground and are not in mood to think about the outside garden.  That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember what gardening adds to our lives and consider small gardening in the home this winter.  You probably know that the benefits of gardening are numerous and include health, happiness, economy, and more. Studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for the soul and helps to relieve stress. It also has been proven to lower blood pressure. Gardening is a great way to get in shape and stay healthy. It can also save you money by allowing you to grow your vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seedlings instead of purchasing them at the store all year round. Today let’s let at how we can benefit this December and the next few months even if we only have a few houseplants.




Chocolate Cake and Candles on Christmas Decorated Table




Gardening Is A Great Way To Distract You From Work



When you’re focused on planting seeds, watering plants, and picking fruits and vegetables,  you’re not focused on the work you left at the office. This can be a great way to break from work and clear your head. Right now caring for poinsettias, forced amaryllis or tulips, or even Christmas cactus is not only a distraction, but also adds a bright note to your home.  Flowers at Christmas just make everything better.




Knight Stars, That, Known, As Amarylis





Gardening Can Help You De-Stress



Gardening can help you de-stress, but it can also help improve your mood. When you’re stressed out, finding some release can be challenging. Gardening is a great way to get out all those feelings without being too physically taxing on your body.  When you’re doing something as simple as watering your plants, it can help take your mind off the stress that you have going on in life and give you a chance to recharge yourself before diving back in.  I find that caring for a living plant gives me good feelings inside. You can’t beat that.





Red Flowered Cactus Plant in White Ceramic Pot






Gardening Can Help You Get In Some Exercise



Gardening can be a great form of exercise. Yes it is more stenuous in the summer, but taking care of houseplants gets you off the couch and into action.  Repotting, planting seeds, and moving plants around has you moving and thinking instead of sitting. Gardening strengthens muscles in your back, wrists, and arms.





Poinsettia, Pink, Plant, Christmas, Flower




If you are not one to commit to exercise daily, then this can be a great way to get in shape without noticing how hard it is. You could easily exericse inside when you move plants up to a shelf and then later move them to another location for light.  When you start feeling and looking great, gardening may even inspire you to start being interested in a fitness journey of your own by obtaining a Fitness Certification and learning new skills.





Gardening Is Good for Your Mental Health



There’s something about getting your hands in the dirt, planting flowers or vegetables, and watching them grow that is calming and satisfying. Gardening can help relieve stress and promote relaxation. It can also improve moods, increase self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.




Two White and Blue Crochet Flower Pot






Gardening is More than Just a Hobby



Many people think of gardening as just another hobby, but it can be more than that. Gardening allows you to take care of the earth and do something good for your environment with each harvest. In addition, you’ll save money on grocery bills because you’ll be eating healthier, home-grown produce. In addition to all of the physical benefits, gardening can also provide a sense of calm and peace that comes from being in nature.  My nephew’s wife cans many vegetables in the summer. Home grown green beans in December and January is a treat.





Interior of modern white room with shelves with flowers and plants in pots at soft daylight






The benefits of gardening are vast and varied, making it an activity that can improve your life. From improving your physical health to boosting your mental well-being, there’s something for everyone in gardening. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised at just how much you enjoy it!  For the winter I suggest you think about houseplants.  See How to Have Healthy Winter Houseplants for more ideas. 

















This is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own. Photos Via Pexels and Pixabay. 

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

7 thoughts to “The Benefits of Gardening For Your Health & Mind”

  1. I’m retired – since 2007 so I’ve a lot of time to do my gardening now, every morning till around 10. It gets a bit too hot by then here in the Tropics. Rainy days, I shall just take the day off.

    Good exercise, very relaxing, working at my own pace…and rewarding too when I can reap the harvest of some of the things I plant.

  2. It is sad that i don’t have a garden, and my pots are now finished for the winter here in the UK. I love a potter when I get the chance! #MMBC

  3. I try to start my day with a little bit of gardening. It has a calming effect on me and help me stay focused during the day. When it is raining, I usually put on my rain-gear and do the weeding 🙂


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