5 Ways Growing Wild Can Help Beat Stress & Improve Wellbeing
1. Green space is good for us
Studies from the University of Exeter Medical School have revealed a correlation between mental wellbeing and the amount of green space in the local area. People feel happier and more positive when they have access to parks and gardens, while heavily built up urban areas pose a threat to mental health. So what can urbanites do to get closer to nature?
Try sowing wild flower seeds in pots or containers – you don’t need much space! Read our top tips for finding a place to grow here. Or why not get involved with a local community project – click here to find out what’s going on in your area.
2. Let the sunshine in
Getting out in the garden is a great way to soak up some mood-lifting rays. Sunshine boosts serotonin – the body’s natural happy hormone – so getting out in the sun occasionally makes us feel happier and more energetic. Just don't forget the sunscreen!
3. Be social
Grow Wild is all about bringing communities together across generations and economic and demographic barriers. Socialising is a great form of relaxation, while meeting new people can stave off feelings of loneliness and depression. Click here to find community projects in your area.
4. Get creative
It’s important to make space and time in our busy lives to let our creativity run wild! We give grants to young people who have a creative idea to communicate the importance of native wild flowers – the more outlandish the better!
5. Achieve something
We want to help you make a real difference to your local spaces and communities. Transforming a space – no matter how small - can make you feel immensely proud of your achievements. Getting involved in Grow Wild can also boost self-esteem by helping you learn new skills – including design, DIY, team management and communication.
That’s 5 more reasons to get sowing and growing!