We know it doesn’t feel like it now, but soon you will be looking out of your patio windows and wondering why you don’t spend more time outdoors. And while the weather will be lovely, you still won’t spend as much time in the fresh air as you would like. This is mainly because your garden won’t be designed for you to spend long periods of time outdoors. It’s great for the odd barbeque, but spending entire afternoons and evenings outside might be more difficult. But did you know that spending time outdoors can be hugely beneficial to your health? So instead of making do, why not turn your garden into a beautiful outdoor living space this year? Not sure? Check out just a few of the benefits:
Stress is all around us, every day. We live in a stress-fuelled society, so finding a way to disconnect and get away from it all is key to good mental and physical health. But did you know that it can sometimes be as easy as leaving your phone in the house and going to a lie down in a hammock in your own garden? Find your own refuge – a quiet place for contemplation that gives you an antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And that place looks different for everyone. It might be relaxing in an outdoor recliner under a sheltered arbour next to a wall of beautiful climbing roses. It might be cooking lunch over a fire-pit in the sunshine, or just strolling through a garden of wildflowers. Spending time outside doing any of these things can reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling relaxed and ready to face anything that comes your way.
Boost Your Immune System
Spending time outside has also been linked to boosting the immune system. Exposure to trees has been found to improve the symptoms of asthma in some sufferers, and spending time in clean, fresh air can do wonders for your natural immunity and wellbeing. One of the reasons the human race tends to get sicker than we used to is because we don’t spend enough time outdoors. Almost all of us will be suffering from a mild vitamin D deficiency, lower natural immune responses, lower moods, worse memory and higher blood pressure, all because we don’t spend enough time in the great outdoors.
Help With ADD/ADHD
If you or your children suffer from ADD or ADHD, spending time outdoors could actually improve their symptoms. Interaction with constant noise and simulation can be very distracting and difficult for ADHD and ADD sufferers, and it can make it harder to cope with everyday life. Having an outdoor space for them to spend time in, particularly in an urban environment, can make all the difference. Studies have shown that in children with ADHD, a 20-minute walk in a park or outdoor space can improve concentration, mood and even cognitive ability. Green outdoor spaces are now being used all around the world to reduce ADHD symptoms in children and adults, so if you or someone you know suffers, an outdoor living space could be a life-saver.
Improve Depression Symptoms
Nature is humanities anti-depressant. Really! Soaking up the sunshine, breathing fresh air and feeling your toes in the grass can provide as much relief for depressive symptoms as talk therapy and anti-depressant medication. Spending time outdoors at any time of year has been proven to reduce the symptoms of depression and improve emotional health – and it doesn’t cost a penny. Having a natural outdoor living space in your back garden means you can do this every single day. Listen to the sound of nature, smell freshly cut grass, dip your toes in a pond and feel the endorphins flooding your brain.
At JB Landscaping, we can help design and build the perfect outdoor living space for you and your family. Whether that’s a fully landscaped space with streams and water features, or an outdoor entertaining space with a little secluded seating area for when you want to be alone. We use turf, stones, decks and a wide variety of other options to create your perfect outdoor space. And thanks to our unique 3D design service, you can see what it will look like before we move a single stone. To find out more, just get in touch with us today.