Do you know that 5 minutes of gardening improves both self-esteem and mood as well as making you feel more tranquil, generous and hopeful*?
To me this is both surprising and makes so much sense. I know when I go out to tend my potted garden in my back yard, I quickly feel better than before I went outside and wonder why I don’t get out there more often. In the summer, we might need to start a lot earlier in the morning when the air is refreshing.
Give it a try — go outside and if your garden is one plant or 100, spend 5 minutes tending them and see how you feel. Take a break during your day and I bet you that you will come back inside energized and ready to go!
*A Study in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technologypotteddesert@gmail.com.
Barbara Brandel’s paintings will be on display September 1-30, 2016, during regular library hours.… More