Gardening two to three times a week leads to better wellbeing and lower stress levels, the new research suggests.
ardening more frequently may be linked to improvements in wellbeing, perceived stress and physical activity, new research suggests.
A new study indicates that people who garden every day have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who do not garden at all.
According to the paper, gardening just two to three times a week also leads to better wellbeing and lower stress levels.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) wellbeing fellow and lead author Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui said: “This is the first time the ‘dose response’ to gardening has been tested and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that the more frequently you garden – the greater the health benefits.
“We hope all the millions of new gardeners will be getting their daily doses of gardening this week and feeling all the better for it“Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) wellbeing fellow and lead author Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui
“In fact gardening every day has the same positive impact on wellbeing than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running.
“When gardening, our brains are pleasantly distracted by nature around us.
“This shifts our focus away from ourselves and our stresses, thereby restoring our minds and reducing negative feelings.”
Source: Evening Standard
Original publication 26 April, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 1st May 2021
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