When it comes to your garden, it’s important that you can make it as beautiful as you can. When you take the time to transform your garden into a sanctuary you’ll be amazed at just how much stress relief that you’ll receive from it.
If you are finding that you are feeling more stressed or under a lot of pressure at home or work, then you might need to consider turning your garden into a mindfulness sanctuary. This way, you can always escape to a relaxing place that’s just for you. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can turn your garden into a beautiful mindfulness sanctuary.
The Act of Gardening Itself as a Relief for Stress
The physical activity alone is a wonderful way to reduce your stress. Many people often don’t even consider gardening a kind of exercise. Often they tend to underestimate just how much of a workout their gardening actually is. It’s not just the exertion that helps you to reduce your stress. You actually get a vitamin D boost from the sunshine that you are exposed to. Plus you get a lot of good fresh air too that helps to revitalize you. Also, gardening is considered creative and being creative is another way of relieving your stress.
Start By Making it Tidy
Before you can create your mindfulness sanctuary you are going to need to do a little bit of tidying things up a bit. If you have a garden that is messy or cluttered you’re not going to find it very relaxing and that will defeat the whole purpose behind mindfulness. The first thing to make sure that you do is mow the grass if your garden has grass. By doing this you are ensuring that you’ll be able to increase your space where you can sit or lie down and relax. Taller grass tends to attract more insects and you don’t want to be bugged by pesky insects. The next thing you’ll want to do is get rid of any weeds that might be popping up. Nothing more irritating than weeds taking away from the beauty of your mindfulness sanctuary.
Create Your Own Space in Your Garden
There’s nothing like having your own personal and private space that’s away from your home. Not everyone can afford to go off on a trip for beauty and privacy. But, if you have your own private area in your garden, you’ve then got your mindfulness sanctuary started and on your way to relieving your stress and clearing your mind.
Set Boundaries for Your Mindfulness Sanctuary
One of the most important things that your mindfulness sanctuary needs is some mindful isolation. This means that you need to set some boundaries in your garden to achieve this. You need to try and create a secluded that sets you apart from the rest of the world.
You can create a secluded space in your mindfulness sanctuary by adding some bamboo fencing or some sort of screen that will keep exterior distractions from disturbing your private time. Your mindfulness sanctuary quite often will be used as a space for meditation. This means you will want to create a section for an area that might be filled with sand or gravel.
Create a Small Scale Aesthetic Landscape
Here’s how you can create a unique personal landscape for your mindfulness sanctuary:
- Adding sand to a section of your garden can represent a river. You can do this by raking the sand to give an illusion of water moving and flowing in whatever direction you want.
- By adding rocks to your garden sandy area you are creating an illusion of terrain that has hills and mountains where the river flows.
- Make sure to add some plants to your garden sanctuary to give the illusion of a forest. Small bushes and bonsai trees are great examples.
Including these elements in your mindfulness sanctuary is to try and create a haven that is nature inspired and also reflects both discipline and minimalism. Make sure that the rocks you use are spaced evenly. This will help to guide your eyes around the area more naturally. When you rake the sand, make sure the rake lines are flowing and clear. Make sure that you have enough plants to make your area look alive but not cluttered.
Be patient when creating your mindfulness sanctuary because it’s going to take some time. When it’s done, however, you’ll be well rewarded with its beauty and tranquility.
Your Mindfulness Sanctuary Should Be Inviting to Wildlife
Animals of all kinds can be quite helpful in relieving your stress. This is why many professionals suggest that those who are stressed out or depressed have a dog or cat in their lives. For your garden, you can add a birdbath or two along with some feeders for birds. This way you’ll be able to enjoy the birds hanging out with you in your sanctuary. After all, what’s a garden without birds? You will also want to encourage butterflies to visit by planting plants that grow lovely flowers.
Include Scents That are Soothing
Stress and smell have a strong connection. There are a variety of scents that will boost your mood and help relax you. So, it’s important to include a variety of flowering plants that have wonderful scents. Lavender is a wonderful plant that has been shown to have a calming effect on a person’s nerves. Other good options include:
- Aromatic roses
- Night phlox
- Sweet alyssum
- Mexican orange blossom
- Mock orange
The idea for a mindfulness sanctuary is more than just for beauty. The sanctuary is there to be used for a safe and tranquil place, your oasis to get away from the stress of your everyday life. Remember this type of garden requires that you understand mindfulness and are dedicated to using the space to practice mindfulness and meditation to help heal both your body and mind.