Pink wildflowers

How can nature reduce stress & anxiety?

Lockdown and the stress of the pandemic has taken its toll on many of us. This article explains how getting green fingered can help calm the mind.

Taking some time for you

Stress can be pretty bad for you – causing physical and mental issues which can be really difficult to overcome. Most of us are therefore looking for ways to help relieve our anxiety – this is where we can help.

As a physical activity gardening is ideal for getting those endorphins pumping – full of hidden dynamic movement such as lunges, squats, bicep curls and bent over rows! In fact, it’s a full body work out! As a personal trainer, gardening is one of the daily activities I suggest to clients of all ages to improve their physical and mental fitness.

It’s not just the physical act of gardening that helps. Once you start to see those seeds germinate or those perennials start to grow back in the spring, just sitting and enjoying the greenery and stunning summer blooms can influence your mood. Filling you with positivity, a feeling of calmness and encouraging you to relax.

How to get started

We’ve designed two wildflower mixes which are perfect for reducing stress levels – Tranquil Escape and Feelgood Factor. These can be grown in small spaces including on balconies in planters or on larger spaces such as meadows or beds. Both are fairly low maintenance and are perfect for beginner or experienced gardeners.

Why not try growing wildflowers yourself?

If you don’t have your own space you could always get involved in community projects. Take a look at our top tips on how to start a community garden project or find how to get involved in a project in your area.