It’s fair to say that the pandemic taught us the value of outside space, and none more so than our very own gardens. Our gardens can be a real sanctuary to escape into and relax, particularly during a period of time where stress levels are at an all-time high.
The current climate is affecting many of us in many different ways, with anxiety and depression increasing, as well as issues such as addiction, with the fentanyl crisis in the USA especially bad. For the thousands of people seeking treatment, and the millions suffering with mental health issues across the world, open space, fresh air and relaxing spots are so important.
sk any private rehab centre about easing stress, and the great outdoors will be right up there as a solution. And sometimes it’s as simple as sitting out in your garden for an hour.
But how can you turn your garden into a sanctuary. A safe haven that will put you at ease? Here are five top tips…
Incorporate Water Features
Water features are a great addition to any garden. The sound of flowing water is incredibly soothing and can help to mask the sound of traffic or other noises. Water features come in many shapes and sizes, from fountains and ponds to waterfalls and streams. If you have a small garden, a simple water feature like a wall fountain can add a touch of calmness to your space. If you have more space to work with, a pond or waterfall can create a tranquil oasis in your garden.
Choose Relaxing Colours
Colour has a significant impact on our mood and emotions. Choosing the right colours for your garden can create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Soft and muted colours like blues, greens, and purples are known to have a calming effect. Using white flowers can also create a peaceful atmosphere as they reflect light and make the garden feel brighter and more serene.
Create Secluded Spaces
Having a private space to relax and unwind can be incredibly beneficial for your mental and emotional well-being. Creating a secluded area in your garden can provide a sense of solitude and peace. You can create a secluded space by using tall plants, trees or hedges to create a natural barrier from the outside world. Adding a comfortable seating area or a hammock can make the space more inviting and relaxing.
Use Fragrant Plants
The sense of smell can have a significant impact on our mood and emotions. Using fragrant plants in your garden can create a calming and peaceful atmosphere. Lavender, jasmine and roses are all great choices for a peaceful garden. These plants not only look beautiful but also emit a soothing scent that can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Add Soft Lighting
Soft lighting can help to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere in your garden. Instead of using harsh lighting, use soft and warm lighting to create a cosy and inviting space. Fairy lights, lanterns and candles are all great options for adding soft lighting to your garden. They not only create a calming atmosphere but also make the garden feel magical and enchanting.