Self-isolation: how gardening helps support mental health

Self-isolation: how gardening helps support mental health

Self-isolating is difficult: work becomes home, children need entertainment and more public spaces are being restricted. But, this doesn't mean you need to lock yourself away from all sunlight for the next 3 months.

We fully support government advice to stay at home, but also realise the importance of exercise and spending time outdoors. With people moving indoors, looking after your mental health becomes extremely important. Many members of the community might have less mobility than others, and with social-distancing in place, relatives are discouraged from visiting their older family members and in many cases this leads to feelings of isolation and heightened levels of stress. 

Gardening is a valuable skill and a wonderful hobby that has a wide variety of health benefits!

Gardening relieves stress

The simple act of working the earth, handling seedlings and watering a beautiful flower display is therapeutic. You're out in the garden, enjoying the sunlight and fresh air. With all the news in the media, and the spread of fears and misinformation, it's very important to take a time-out away from this and give your mind a chance to rest.

It's for the whole family

Whatever your age or stage of life, gardening is fun for everyone. Children can enjoy getting muddy while mixing compost and digging holes for new plants, and it's a great educational opportunity to watch new seedlings grow, and maybe even some vegetable or herbs for use in the kitchen! This can help encourage healthy eating habits in the home.

Gardening is good for your body

Gardening is hard work! All the digging, watering and kneeling down is great exercise. When your skin is exposed to the sun, it increases production of Vitamin D, an essential building block.

A large study shows that normal gardening activities cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by 30%, and is a great way to get your recommended hours of moderate exercise per week. Even hand movement, dexterity and grip strength can be strengthened by your time working in the garden! Don't forget to apply sunscreen and wear a hat to protect you if you'll be outside for an extended period.

You can create the garden of your dreams

It's difficult to forget those neighbours with the wonderfully curated Spring and Summer gardens. Putting in a few extra hours into your garden this year might yield stunning results later. Spring flowers have some of the most vibrant colours to appear throughout the seasons, and with the weather looking to improve, now is the time to stock up on your gardening items. Luckily, Ise Garden Centre and Woodlands Plant Centre are offering a home delivery service to bring you all you might need to create a stunning garden to enjoy, even during our garden centre closure.

Our Garden Cente hotlines are open from 10AM to 4PM from Monday to Friday, and we'll deliver orders over £20 FREE to areas in our delivery radius. This is a 5-mile radius from Ise Garden Centre and 10-miles from Woodlands Plant Centre. Give us a call if you aren't sure if you are included in this!

DELIVERY HOTLINES

Ise Garden Centre: 01536 529043

Woodlands Plant Centre: 07712 247662