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Christmas message: may gardening be your saviour

Wishing everyone the compliments of the season
Wishing everyone the compliments of the season

Blog: Keeping fit mentally and physically by gardening…

The year is almost over, and there’s only the biggest test of the lot to negotiate – Christmas and New Year.

I always reckon my gardening year starts on Boxing Day rather than New Year’s Day. There’s nothing quite like getting outside and doing something foolish with a sledgehammer to clear the cobwebs away – for more on this real-life madness, see here.

Gardening is a great leveller and a huge help to positive physical and mental health.

Good for the body, good for the mind

I’m going through a complete physio programme at the minute for my hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and jobs around the garden form part of that (and NOT doing things that are going to injure me).

As I write this, my mother is very ill in hospital, so it’s not the brightest of festive seasons. I’m trying to keep up with my gardening jobs, however small, just to distract my mind from the worry, anxiety and turmoil it is in.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let gardening at any level heal your body and soul!

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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