Maybe it sounds strange but gardening can really help you be a better mother. It will improve your health, your energy levels, your mood. It will also help you relax and de-stress. All those things will make you much more patient and understanding parent. It will teach you responsibility and dedication. It will help you create traditions and build a meaningful relationship with your kids. It is something worth trying and for best results, you can start long before you have your first kid. Here?s what starting a garden will do for you:
Improve your health
One of the most important benefits of gardening is its overall positive effect on your health and you definitely need to be healthy to be a good mum. Gardening reduces stress and nowadays, this is crucial. As well as that, it can improve your sleep patterns and boost your immune system. Gardening also helps battle depression and anxiety. It lowers the risk of dementia, heart attack and osteoporosis.
?ll those things prove that gardening can positively impact your health. And we all know that being healthier means feeling better and having more energy to deal with everything. Thus, being better at motherhood.
Improve your mood
Gardening will not only help you de-stress and lower depression and anxiety, it impacts greatly your overall mood. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Next time you go through a stressful situation, try gardening for a while and tend to your kids after that. You?ll feel the difference.
Help you relax
Remember the oxygen mask rule. First, you put the mask on yourself and then on your children. You can?t take care of anyone else if you don?t take care of yourself first. Sometimes being a mother can become very overwhelming. Having some relaxing time in your garden can really help. It doesn?t matter whether you?ll do some gardening tasks, or simply relax with a book and a fresh drink in hand. Choose whatever floats your boat. It will lead to less anger, resentment, and frustration. After that, you?ll be ready to be Super Mum again.
Teach you patience
Gardening and patience definitely go together. When you tend to your garden you don?t always get the results you expected. And you almost never get them on the first try. You can plant your seeds and not see a result until months later. You may even not see results at all and have to start over. You will make mistakes and learn from them. You?ll have to learn to be patient and dedicated. But one day when you see your plant finally peeking through the soil, you?ll know that it was worth it. It?s the same with kids.
Teaches you responsibility
Taking care of a plant is almost the same as taking care of your children. Well? actually, not really. But they have one thing in common – love. If put your heart in your garden, most probably you?ll have great results. Planting seeds, taking care of them and watching them grow gives you a sense of purpose and responsibility, which is a great practice for motherhood. As well as that, it teaches mindfulness, gratefulness and appreciation.
Help you create memories with your family
Some families are very persistent that they should get together every evening and have dinner together. I say – every family has the right to make its own rules. You can choose to spend your family time in the garden. And what better way there is? Nowadays, we are suffocated by electronic devices and the garden can be a great place to get rid of them and spend some family time together. This will help both you and your kids relax and create some great memories. And I promise you, someday they will be grateful.
Donna Atanasova works for Fantastic Services Australia. She?has a bachelor degree in International business. However, her true passion is writing. Her other passion is gardening ?nd she combines them well. She adores the ocean, good music and her two dogs.