5 Reasons To Green Up Your Life

A day out and enjoying nature tamed and in some cases designed within an inch of it’s life. Not always my particular style of gardening but like a fashion show for gardens, great for inspiration and ideas.

The gardens and exhibitors were built around this year's theme of Greening Grey Britain. Using the outside space for living, bring the outdoors in or creating a link between the two.

David Austin roses
Research has shown that taking time to smell the roses (I could wander through the David Austin display all day), weeding, planting or picking your own vegetables provides a positive boost to your mental and physical well-being.
  • Growing plants from seed gives you a sense of achievement as you nurture, grow and produce flowers or fruit from a tiny seed into a beautiful plant.
  • You get a sense of perspective and it takes you away from the busyness of everyday life as you focus on the task in hand.
  • Solve a problem - doing something unassociated with the report you’re trying to write, the complexity of a project, the screen you’ve been staring at unproductively for the last half hour.
  • Reduce your stress - digging or pruning. The exercise is good, release your pent up emotions for good, rather than bottling them up or taking them out on someone else. It releases feel good hormones and reduces your stress hormone.
  • You can relax and unwind. Whether you’re working in the garden or just enjoying the space.
Summer is the time to get out and enjoy your garden or if you don’t have one, someone else’s or a park. Even the smallest of spaces can grow a few herbs, a tomato plant in pots, hanging baskets or on a windowsill.

Gardening doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. Garden with nature in mind, which isn’t neat and tidy, you’ll benefit wildlife and the enjoyment of seeing birds, bees, butterflies and more come in to the space.

And, as part of your overall health and wellbeing a couple of hours in the garden is time well spent.

Green up your life and see the benefits.

Related articles:

Can gardening improve your health? (BBC Radio4 iPlayer)

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Charity cycle ride from Brighton to Paris for the Blind Veterans.

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Additional tips for meetings:

Get in touch if you want to chat about your own challenges and issues.

Get Inspired!

In May I completed a charity cycle ride for the Blind Veterans UK, cycling 150+ miles from Brighton to Paris. We were a group of 39 cyclists including three of the Blind Veterans on tandems.

So many of us take our sight for granted. We don’t realise how lucky we are. All three have undergone experiences we can't imagine and lost not only their sight but their sense of identity and in many cases have lost everything as a result.

They are an amazing source of inspiration. With the support of the Blind Veterans they have rebuilt their lives and are taking on challenges most of us wouldn't even consider.

Their courage shows us, with patience, persistence and focus on your desired outcome, anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

You just need to make a start!

What's your challenge for this year?

It was an honour to cycle with them and to raise funds for such a worthy cause. You can still donate through my JustGiving page.