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The Joy of Gardening

Gardening and Blood Pressure

For many years it has been suspected that those who work in a garden every day or spend significant time tending plants and growing flowers indoors tend to have fewer problems with health, lower blood pressure and a reduced incidence of heart attacks and strokes.

Research has indicated that even looking at nature can result in a fall in blood pressure within five minutes and lower our stress hormones.

However, it does not necessarily mean that those who have gardening as a hobby will never succumb to heart attacks and strokes. Gardening certainly reduces stress; so those who are genetically prone to such diseases, in all likelihood, might get a less severe or a milder version of the disease.

Feel Good Gardening

Gardening also boosts endorphins, the feel good happy chemicals. Other research showed that  that daily gardening has long term benefits for safe blood pressure levels in turn reducing  the risk of heart disease and stroke more efficiently than aerobics or swimming.

For more information about how gardening has been shown to be good for stress and general health see this article – Green for get-up-and-go. Gardening can reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease and even dementia

Combat Stress – Dangers of Alcohol

This helpful article in the Times health section offered ten ways to combat stress..

Walking, even if only for a brief period through a pleasant environment such as a park, around a cricket field or any open space, by a river, by woodland or whatever is personally relaxing is a an excellent way of clearing mental cobwebs. Focusing on the pleasantness of the scenery and enjoying the moment maximizes the stress relief that can be obtained.

All the usual suspect were paraded but we did like the comment posted by James Best in response to Katy Watkinsons cheery #11

Number 11. Cut down on the Alcohol. Alot of people are drinking far too much and using it as a self medicating short fix, it does seem to be the one demon that is stopping alot of people performing and properly doing so.

James simply replied:

You are aged 50, you have been made redundant, you can’t keep up the mortgage payments on your house, your wife blames you for all the problems and you have teenage children living at home. Somehow I don’t think deep breathing or a walk in the park are likely to have much effect. In fact a large scotch might just make you feel better!