5 New Year Resolutions
Here are five new year resolutions that have been tweeted as popular this year. And how your garden can help you to keep to achieve these resolutions in the next the 365 days.
Resolution 1: Exercise more
A lot of people start the New Year with a resolution to exercise more. This may be because they want to get fitter or because they want to lose weight.
You may already be getting some exercise. But most of the time you just sit around at home and at work, and this can have a negative effect on your health and your posture. In fact, sitting has been called “the new smoking” because of the negative effects on our health.
The garden can help you keep this resolution! You could actually grow some things that you can eat.
Gardening is a great activity for increasing your health and fitness.
Don’t have much space? It’s amazing how much you can grow in a pot or a vertical garden.
A patch of greenery can be a great positive influence for you in the concrete jungle we live in!
Resolution 2: Engage more with people and less with Social Media
It’s even more fun if you share your gardening activities with friends and family.
Invite them over to help you set up your garden. Even better, invite them for a meal, where you can serve them something you have grown! Another way you can meet people and connect is to attend gardening clubs or join gardening groups on Meet-Up or Facebook.
Resolution 3: Eat Healthier Food
There is soo much fast food around today that it sometimes seems harder to actually make healthier choices. Again, your garden can help.
When you get to eat something that you have grown and nurtured, it brings a whole new meaning and flavour to your food. Growing your own lettuce is easy. And the bonus is that you only pick what you need for your meal and leave the rest still growing in the garden, instead of getting slimy in the bottom of your fridge!
Try growing herbs such as Basil, Thyme, Sage or Mint and add them to your salads. It will add a huge flavour boost and the added bonus of knowing you grew them. Therefore they haven’t been treated with nasty chemicals that aren’t good for the bad bugs, but they aren’t good for you either!
Resolution 4: Reduce Stress
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, digging in the dirt, planting and nurturing plant life can be very therapeutic and stress relieving. Gardening has been proven to reduce stress.
Doctors have been able to test levels of the stress hormone cortisol. These tests show that cortisol levels decrease massively after we have been gardening and playing in the dirt.
I know that life can get busy and it can be hard to find time to do some gardening, but even a few indoor or outdoor potted plants have been shown to have these stress-reducing benefits.
Resolution 5: Start saving money.
There are lots of ways that your garden can help you save money.
By making healthy lifestyle changes, like cutting back on fast food and eating fresh salads from your garden. Gardening can also be a physical activity, which helps burn calories. So why not trade in your gym membership which costs both money and time and trade it for exercising at home in your garden?
The benefits are that you actually get an end product that you can use in your kitchen!
Don’t know where to start? Contact us at The Delectable Garden. We’d love to help you.
Rohanne, your Personal Garden Expert