after a seemingly endless summer, the cold weather is finally starting to rear its wild and woolly head.
Although Autumn is a great time to dust off your favourite merino wool jumper, slip on your uggies and shack up with a cup of tea on the couch, it is also one of the most common times for mental illness and depression to arise. Yes, Seasonal Affective Disorder, ironically known as 'SAD', is a real condition.
At Urban Food Garden we know there is nothing quite like braving the elements and getting in the garden to beat the winter blues. If you're finding it hard to feel the love, follow our top tips to feeling better and brighter this Autumn.
Grow your own veggies: Not only does a diet filled with seasonal, organic fruit and vegetables improve your health and vitality, but growing your own saves you money, as well as giving you a sense of accomplishment.
Get outside: In Australia we are lucky enough to experience bursts of sunshine even in our coldest winters. Getting outside for just 15 minutes a day increases serotonin levels, our happy hormone.
Get grounded: Gardening creates a strong connection between the gardener and the earth. By connecting the soles of our feet or palms of our hands with the earth we are literally transferring electrons from the ground to our bodies. Benefits include reduction in stress, improved sleep and increased health and vitality cool huh?
Move your body: Carting wheelbarrows, lifting bags of potting mix and digging can be physically demanding. Exerting energy through a therapeutic activity like gardening helps to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as helping to maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass.
Nurture: By giving our attention to nurture plants and seeds into flourishing crops of fruit and veg or beautiful flowers, we receive a feeling of being needed, increasing our self worth.
To find out more about how you can nurture your own Urban Food Garden this winter, call us 1300 799 568.