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Hobbies are a great distraction, aren't they? As we grow from children to adults, hobbies have served as an escape from our daily routines and grab some fun. One such hobby is gardening which isn't only fun but also educational. Many people associate it as an activity for the old and believe that not everyone has a green thumb. However, such general notions aren't true. People across different ages can grow a garden and enjoy its physical and mental benefits.
Gardening is an exercise for the body and mind. It includes digging, shoveling, cutting, etc., which involves muscle movements. Also, Studies suggest people who garden are more likely to have a quality 7-hour sleep at night. Exercise can also help maintain body weight and reduce obesity.
Gardening reduces stress levels and boosts self-esteem. Research suggests gardening helps cope with stress better than reading books. It also uplifts our mental health and keeps our minds in a positive state.
How does gardening help children?
The best time to learn a new language is during childhood. Children grasp every bit of information as they are full of energy and curiosity to learn things. Gardening is also a language wherein plants address their requirements. It introduces children to noticing and understanding signals and act accordingly. In a way, it develops necessary problem-solving skills in them. Gardening teaches the importance of patience, discipline, care, and empathy, contributing to their overall growth.
As kids grow into teenagers, they start experiencing stress from school and college. It's also a complicated phase in life where they explore in search of things they are naturally good at and enjoy. If they fail to do so, they may develop an identity crisis and be vulnerable to depression.
Research has shown that gardening helps tackle such problems. When their plants grow healthy and start blooming flowers and bearing fruits, it gives them a sense of achievement. They acknowledge their efforts which can boost their self-confidence.