This is a response to: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/grow-your-own-food
I've gardened almost every summer since I was around 5 years old, whether it was sunflowers, peppers, tomatoes, or something else. I initially just liked it because it meant I was outside, spending time with my dad, and that we'd have something growing to look at or eat in a little bit of time. Now, though, I've realized the effects of gardening and spending time outside is so much more than that.
Have you heard of this term before? There are studies that show being outside, barefoot or having some type of skin-to-earth contact, or grounding, is good for our physical and mental health. It can reduce swelling and inflammation throughout the body, as well as de-stress our minds and reduce anxiety. Gardening involves lots of skin-to-earth contact, whether it's your knees being in the soil, or your hands as you move the soil and plant new crops. I have personally noticed feeling calmer and happier after gardening for this very reason.
So, not only is it nice to eat food that's grown in your backyard because it has less toxic chemicals and pesticides, but you don't have to rely on grocery stores for supplying your produce if you have a good crop. This is something that can become a lot more convenient and make you feel more independent when using your own food in your dinners. Peppers, basil, and other herbs taste that much fresher and cleaner when grown just right outside.
Less Time on Social Media
There are plenty of good things that social media brings us, including connection with each other. However, sometimes social media can do just the opposite and leave us feeling disconnected, comparing ourselves to others, and glued to our phones. Life is better in real life, and I've experienced just that when I am enjoying quality time outdoors. Getting off of social media allows my brain to relax and feel more content with life in the current moment.
If you're looking for something to do this summer to enjoy the good weather and have more peace of mind, consider gardening. It'll benefit your physical health, but maybe your mental health even more.