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January 1, 2020 • Fenny Peiffer

Gardening as a Stress Reliever for Active Adults

Gardening as a Stress Reliever for Active Adults

Most people think retirement means no stress and no worries. How wrong they are! Just because you retire does not mean your life is stress-free. Although work-related worries and stress may disappear, there are other worries and stressors that occur in your life. For example, you may have an ill sibling or child. You may have financial worries. You may also have an illness that worries or bothers you constantly. Stress is a part of everyday living. However, it is how you handle the stress that matters.

Excessive stress can be extremely unhealthy. Stress is the main cause of heart attack, stroke and various other diseases. Many people consider yoga, tai chi, walking or even meditating to relieve themselves of stress and prevent the onset of these diseases. However, did you know that gardening is also a great stress reliever? Gardening is a great stress reliever irrespective of whether your garden is a small piece of land or a huge area. The process of gardening and seeing the outcome of your efforts is the best when it comes to relieving stress. Below are some reasons why gardening is a great stress reliever.

Gardening is Cheap – Gardening as a hobby or activity does not cost you loads of money.  This in itself relieves some stress!  All you need is a rake, a hoe and whatever seeds and fertilizer required to making your garden.  Half an hour of gardening provides you a full body work out similar to that achieved in a gym.

Sunshine makes you Happy – Sunlight and the right amount of it can significantly improve your mood.  In addition, morning sunshine is full of Vitamin D.  This enables you to kill two birds with one stone.  Get your exercise and a healthy dose of Vitamin D!

In Touch with Nature – Nature itself is a great stress reliever.  Listening to the sound of birds, the ripple and babble of flowing water and feeling the breeze are all great stress busters.  Even if you don’t have a lake or river flowing near your home, you can always hear the birds and feel the breeze when gardening.  Getting in touch with nature can significantly reduce stress.

Creating Something Beautiful – Your ability to create something beautiful is also a great stress-reliever.  Having your own small bit of paradise and taking the time to use it in relaxation and contemplation also enables you to relieve stress.

One of the best places to consider gardening at leisure and living a stress-free life is by living in an active adult community.  These are small communities of homes where you will be able to relax in your little garden and garden the day away or take a walk along a nature trail or even relax at the gym or pool or play golf.  There are many active adult communities to choose from.

An active adult community is an ideal place to relax and unwind after you have reaches retirement age which would have surely been a stressful life.  If you need further information about these communities to visit our website ActiveAdultLiving.com.  Here, you will find all the information you require in choosing a community and a home for a stress-free life. You can send out an inquiry to the realtor or the community builder, directly through our website, making your home search ultra-convenient, when you are with ActiveAdultLiving.com. It’s absolutely free service that you can put to use to find that perfect home for you to live your retirement years in peace and happiness.

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