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Tend to your garden it will help your mind to bloom

By Susan Ksiezopolski

Here is to more sunny days ahead and more time outdoors! If you are going outdoors anyways why not consider doing some gardening, planting some seeds and tending to them? Being outdoors, digging, planting, watering, not only keeps us physically active and also benefits our minds. In England a study of over 300 people, showed that 80% of participants engaged in gardening had better mental health and 93% reported that their confidence and motivation also improved. Studies in Sweden reported that having access to a garden (even a balcony garden) has a significant positive impact on reducing stress.

When we spend time outdoors not only are we getting more vitamin D but we are also getting more oxygen. We tend to breath more deeply, raising the oxygen levels in our blood and reducing our heart rate and body tension. Increasing our oxygen intake helps us regenerate our worn out cells, gives us a boost of energy and also supports our immune system. 

Spending time outdoors, a walk-in nature and viewing plants and gardens also helps to reduce stress and muscle tension, according to a recent Japanese study. Environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich, found that having a view of plants and trees from post-operative wards helped improve the mood of patients, reduced the amount of analgesic use, reduced surgical complications and length of stay.

Come May our community gardens at Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre,  are in full hustle, our gardeners are busy getting ready for their new season, tilling, and planting. The buds on our trees and our flower garden beds are also getting ready to greet you! Plan a visit soon and harvest the benefits of our gardening or reach out and rent out one of our community plots and join our community of gardeners to plant your own garden.

Combines Hatha Yoga, mindfulness meditation and beautiful music to settle into calm, clear mind.

Involves simple, slow, relaxed, gentle movements with mindful breathing to help relieve all forms of stress – physical, mental, emotional

This seven-week series incorporates the Feldenkrais Method® that use gentle movement to increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, and rediscover the capacity for graceful, efficient movement.

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