While we take the time to celebrate spring and the return of green lawns and gardens, we wanted to pause and talk about mental health awareness during May. Disclosure: We are not mental health professionals. If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, call 800-950-6264. You are not alone; it is okay to ask for help.
It's known that spending time outdoors is good for your physical health, but did you know maintaining your green space can be good for your mental health too? A healthy lawn, a beautiful flower garden, or a calming water feature integrated into your landscaping can not only get you up and moving but also helps focus your mind and gives you a peaceful place to retreat for work or to relax.
1. You’re Moving Your Body
a. One of the well-known benefits of lawn care is the exercise it provides. Using a manual mower, or even a self-propelled one, requires you to walk, push, pull and navigate it using physical strength. Moving your body releases endorphins, and endorphins are your feel-good hormones that relieve stress. Better yet, you’re burning calories, and you have instant gratification when comparing your lawn before and after your hard work. If that doesn’t make people feel accomplished, what does?
2. Improve Memory Performance and Attention Span
b. Spending time in a garden with fresh flora, fauna, and air can improve memory performance and attention span by twenty percent. Tasks conducted under the calming influence of nature are performed better and with greater accuracy, yielding a higher quality result. With many working from home lately, the improved memory and attention span can be a game-changer for your job performance and overall workday.
3. Stress-Reducing and Focusing the Mind
c. Maintaining your green space is also a good way to release stress and calm your mind. A beautiful lawn, the perfect flowers, and listening to the calming sounds of your water feature can help relieve whatever worries or concerns are on your mind.
All of these benefits reinforce the importance of maintaining your green spaces. Trees, shrubs, grass, and flowering plants are integral to both physical and mental health. Not only do they provide a place for kids and pets to play, but they directly contribute to our general well-being. Are you thinking to yourself, “That sounds great, but I don’t have the time to take care of my lawn, plant the right flowers, or build and take care of the water feature I’ve been dreaming of.” That’s perfectly fine; that’s what we’re here for! Give us a call at (501) 513-7573 for a free quote and to learn even more about our lawn and garden services!