Week 19 – Mental Health Awareness Week

 

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. The NHS has outlined 5 steps to mental wellbeing, so this week I’m highlighting all the ways your garden and gardening can help you maintain good mental health. Step 1 – Connect with other people. Gardening is a great way to meet like-minded people, and it’s great fun to connect over a shared love of plants.

#GardenDesign #MentalHealthAwareness #Ladybirds

 

Step 2 to maintaining good mental health – Be Physically Active. My love of nature photography got me out and about – this picture is of the trees outside Worcester Cathedral, near my home. It’s amazing how many people stop to chat about the camera and your subject too!

#GardenDesign #MentalHealthAwareness #NaturePhotography

Step 3 to maintaining good mental health – Learn New Skills. Gardening is an endlessly fascinating subject – and there’s always more to learn. However, it’s easy to get started – my first attempt at propagation was dividing a clump of Heleniums like the one in the picture. I love helping my clients take their first steps into the gardening world.

#GardenDesign #MentalHealthAwareness #Heleniums #Propagation

 

Step 4 to maintaining good mental health – Give to Others. Lavender is easy to propagate, and it’s an amazing feeling to give something you’ve grown yourself to other people. There are lots of seed and plant swap groups online, helping to connect gardeners with each other.

 

#GardenDesign #MentalHealthAwareness #Lavender

 

Step 5 to maintaining good mental health – Pay attention to the present Moment. This picture of a beautiful Hosta leaf is pinned up in my office, with the words ‘Perfect is the Enemy of Done’ at the bottom. It’s easy to get caught up in the detail, but remember to take a step back sometimes, and appreciate how far you’ve come.

#GardenDesign #MentalHealthAwareness #Lavender

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/health-and-wellbeing

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/self-help/guides-tools-and-activities/five-steps-to-mental-wellbeing/

 

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