Why Gardening is Good for Your Health ...

Don't underestimate the power of gardening.

Obviously if you have a nice green space to work it, it's fabulous, but there is still much to be gained from container gardening and growing stuff in a window box, on a window sill or a balcony.

Here's why you should be sowing some seeds and digging in the dirt:

1. It's a Wonderful Form of Stress Relief

Stress relief is just one of many benefits of gardening, especially when gardeners approach their weekly chores with mindfulness.

Feel the richness of the soil between your fingers, smell the earthy scent of leaf mould and hear the birds tweet their little hearts out, you'll soon feel far more relaxed.

A study conducted in the Netherlands showed that students engaging in gardening were in a better mood than the test group who had done reading indoors.

The gardening test group also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after a 30-minute gardening session, according to a CNN report.

That figures: destroying a score of weeds helps with anger management!

Just imagine you're dealing with your parents, boss or professor, when ripping out invasive nettles...

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