G is for Gardening and Growing: mindfulness in nature

The repetitive manual labour of tending to your garden keeps the mind focused on the present, in turn improving wellbeing


Woman gardening

The simple process of tilling soil, creating fertile beds for flowers and vegetables, is deeply satisfying.


The repetitive manual labour keeps the mind focused on the present – and also frees it to be creative or to work out problems against a backdrop of rhythmic weeding and digging.

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The magic of planting seeds and nurturing them as they sprout and grow can result in a huge sense of achievement, even if some are lost to pests or drought.

Spain, Tarragona. Man planting flowers in his garden.
Concentrate on what is in front of you; the beauty of the flowers and the process of planting ©Getty

Few things generate a greater sense of wellbeing than sitting beside your own productive veg patch or cottage garden in high summer.

The advantages are two-fold: improved wellbeing and a productive, colourful garden ©Getty

Get started by learning how to grow your own cut flowers.


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