What is mindful gardening and how can it help you?
With the increase in stress, anxiety and overwhelm that many of us have experienced during the coronavirus pandemic is it any wonder that the popularity of mindful gardening is on the rise? But what actually is it, and how can it help you to reduce stress and anxiety and feel calmer, happier and less overwhelmed.
What is mindful gardening?
Let’s start with a definition of mindfulness:
The mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
So it stands to reason therefore that Mindful gardening is:
The mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment while gardening and calmly accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Why is there a need for mindful gardening?
With your brain going at 100 miles an hour and with a lot of things on your to-do list it can feel impossible to stay in the present moment.
Your mind wanders to ‘oh I must remember to book that doctor's appointment’ or you find yourself overthinking about that thing you said in a meeting at work, and worrying that everyone thinks you’re an arsehole.
So how does mindful gardening help you stay in the present?
It is a form of active rest which means that it keeps the brain just occupied enough so it doesn't wander, BUT not so much that it becomes stressed.
Many of the activities are repetitive so your brain learns the activity the first couple of times you do it and then it can repeat it without having to work too hard.
But why mindful gardening and not just regular gardening?
Mindful gardening helps you get into the flow state quicker. You know that state when you are so deeply absorbed in what you are doing that time seems to slow down.
You’ll get there eventually with normal gardening but most of us have busy lives and don't have hours spare to spend gardening. Mindful gardening helps accelerate the process so you find that headspace more quickly and my 5 minute mindful gardening techniques can fit into even the busiest of days.
How can mindful gardening help you?
It gets you into the flow state quicker which will enable you to:
- Achieve a sense of clarity
- Allow stress, worry and self-doubt to fade into the background
- Feel good in the moment
- Take that lasting sense of happiness and fulfilment into the rest of your day and even the rest of your week.
It allows you to take some time that is just for you, instead of rushing around putting everyone else's needs above your own.
You will grow your connection with Mother Nature and find the headspace to reconnect with you, develop your self-belief and reconsider what you believe to be possible for you.
If you want to feel calmer and happier using mindful gardening without having to figure it out alone then check out my Mind in Bloom programme, the only online group programme exclusively dedicated to mindful gardening and personal growth.