How to make your garden more peaceful
An increasing number of studies show that being in the outdoors and spending time in nature has a hugely positive impact on stress levels. If you are lucky enough to have your own little patch of nature, you will know that there’s nothing quite like coming home after a stressful day at work and spending an hour or two sat outside in your garden to wind down and relax. However, a garden can quickly become poorly maintained and overgrown, becoming less of a tranquil paradise and more a scrubby wasteland. To help you make the most of your outside space, here is how to make your garden more peaceful.
Attract birds and other wildlife
There is nothing more uplifting and relaxing than the sound of birdsong on a warm summer’s day. Consider the ways in which you can attract birds and other wildlife to your garden by providing them with a home. Put out bird food to attract avian visitors; different types of seeds attract different types of birds, for instance, peanuts are popular with crows and woodpeckers whereas goldfinches prefer sunflower seeds. You could also erect bird boxes in your trees in which they can nest safely aware from predators.
Add a pond
A pond provides your garden with a Zen-like atmosphere, as you relax by its banks and listen to the gentle trickle of water and watch the light reflecting off the water’s surface. Look at building your pond up so that it appears like an established, natural element of your garden. For instance, adding rocks and aquatic plants both in the water and around the edges will give the impression that your pond has always been there. You could even add pond lighting so that you can admire the beautiful reflections of light in water long after the sun has gone down.
When it comes to maintenance, it can be helpful to look upon your garden as simply another room in your house; and, like your interior space, your garden can quickly become messy and require tidying up. Weeds, overgrown grass, and your kids’ garden toys can all give your garden a chaotic look, the result being that instead of finding it relaxing, you simply see your garden as another chore that you have yet to complete. Dedicate at least an hour a week to tidying up your garden and you will soon see the benefits of a neat outside environment in which you can relax and unwind.
Choose fragrant plants and flowers
Many plants and flowers have aromatherapy properties, so plant according to fragrance. You might love the smell of roses, for instance, or prefer the clean and woody scent of eucalyptus. Alternatively, look for plants, herbs, and flowers that are proven to aid in relaxation, such as lavender and chamomile. With the addition of these wonderfully smelling plants in your garden, you are sure to enjoy sitting outside in the warm sunshine inhaling their therapeutic fragrances.