Gardening for good mental and physical health, June 3-9
I’ve always been a vocal advocate of gardening for wellbeing, as I know how much gardening helps my myriad of physical (Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, an undiagnosed balance condition and epilepsy) and mental health issues (stress, anxiety and a former depression sufferer).
It’s good to know that Life at No. 27’s founder Annabelle Padwick – find out more about her story here – has launched National Growing for Wellbeing Week, so we can all benefit.
The message of the week is that growing your own produce can do wonders for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
About one in four people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year.
Getting outdoors and gardening in the fresh air will obviously improve your physical health.
How gardening can help mental health
However, there’s strong evidence that gardening, especially growing your own, can lead to improved confidence, communication, concentration and self-belief.
School activity resource packs are available for teaching staff, with full how-to guides and National Curriculum details.
The packs contain eight fun and easy activities you can do in or out of the classroom, involving not just gardening but Maths, Science, Literary, PSHE and Art.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free copy.
Get involved by sharing your favourite gardening photos, stories and thoughts throughout the week across social media, tagging @GYOWellbeingWk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then using the hashtag #GYOforWellbeing.